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Local Companies Busy with Storm Clean Up in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. - Days after heavy rains hit Salisbury, local businesses are playing catch up with clean up.

Rob Sartorio with ServPro of the Lower Shore said his company has gotten over 100 calls since Thursday regarding ruined carpets and furniture, mostly in ground floor apartments. 

"We've been going pretty much non-stop," he said. "Despite the assistance we've had from the other businesses, the calls are continuing in this morning."

On Monday, Matt Odachowski, President of Royal Plus, Inc, and his team were working at the Canal Woods apartments where some of the apartments were condemned due to the damage. Complicating the clean up is the fact that the water that flooded the apartments was contaminated. He warned flood victims not to walk through the water or handle damaged items without proper covering.

"It's category three water, and you need to make sure you're protected," he told WBOC.  "You already have a disaster, with the property being damaged. You don't want it to turn into a catastrophe with health issues."

Sartorio says the level of calls his business has received the past few days is on par with a natural disaster such as a nor'easter or a hurricane-- not a rain storm. He said there are some cases where water is just now seeping into apartments, keeping him extra busy.

"I think there's actually a lot of places where the groundwater is still coming in. So that's creating more problems," he said. "It's like a second wave of flooding."

Both men say it's not clear when all the necessary repairs to water damaged homes can be completed. Odachowski has worked all over the country, most recently handling flooding in Louisiana. He says Salisbury's storm damage is something else, even for him.

"We do some pretty big projects," Odachowski said. "For this area, this is probably the worst I've seen."  

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