Businesses recovering from flooding in Wichita Falls

Businesses recovering from flooding in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Last weekend's flooding has caused problems for many, leaving some contemplating what is next for their business or home.
Houses and businesses off Kemp were some of the hardest hit, one being Express Employment Professionals.
Jamie Reedt, a Co-Owner of the business, had a wide rang of emotions when seeing her business flood.
    "It is overwhelming, devastating and frustrating," Reedt said. "It's a feeling of hopelessness."
Reedt showed up Saturday night and saw what the water was doing.
    "When we got here the parking lot was three to four feet high," Reedt said. "So we waded through it, climbed over the floodgates, came in and watched it come through the walls."
Service Master workers spent Tuesday afternoon working on the building by cutting out sections of the walls along with trying to dry everything out.
The company jumped to action as soon as possible.
    "The sooner we get to it the better," Will Smith, General Manager of Service Master, said. "We want to get there as fast as possible. That's why we were out at midnight on Saturday, trying to get calls knocked out."
On Saturday night the service company got  around 30 calls for damage.
It was all hands on deck.
Smith said the damage varies from structure to structure.
    "Each job is different," Smith said. "We've done several commercial and residential. On the residential you typically have carpet that needs to be pulled up. So we will pull up the carpet and try to pull out all the water that we can."
Reedt said this is Express's fifth claim after a flood and like the previous ones, they refuse to let it affect their business.
Instead her heart is with those who were affected on a different level.
    "A business is a business," Reedt said. "You don't live here or sleep here. Everything inside is really just materialistic. It's the one's in the neighborhood who are suffering more."
We also reached out to SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.
They said their phones have been ringing off the hook and that if you have any damage don't wait.
Call because there is a waiting list.
SERVPRO said flood water is considered a category three water, which is the same as sewage.
Sometimes flooding can require parts of the walls and floors to be cut out and it is not advised people wait for their house or apartment to dry on it's own.

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