Lubbock Businesses Spend Thousands Cleaning Up After 100 Year Flood - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/13/08

Lubbock Businesses Spend Thousands Cleaning Up After 100 Year Flood

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Carpet crews continue to clean up after heavy rains flooded some businesses Thursday night. For some it meant a day of lost sales and while others were able to work around the more than five inches of water Lubbock received.

Instead of opening for businesses Friday morning, Lummus Corporation spent the day drying out. "We're cleaning up after the 8 or 10 inches of rain we had in the building," General Manager Duncan McCook said. 

McCook says rain started spilling into the business Thursday evening. "We were out here until 9 or 9:30 and after that we just sent everyone home and hoped it doesn't get any deeper," McCook said.

Before he left, McCook started the cleanup process. "We actually called them (Carpet Tech) yesterday (Thursday) to see about them coming out here this (Friday) morning before everyone else had called them," McCook said.

"We're starting to run out of equipment we're so busy and that only happens every once in a while," Carpet Technician Chase McDonald said.

However, as some worked to dry out, others pulled merchandise from a parking lot lake. "I left yesterday (Thursday) evening and it was just four inches up on the tires of the trucks. And we thought everything would drain and be good. But when we got here this morning (Friday) the water was up to the fuel tank," West Texas Peterbilt New and Used Truck Sales Manager Jim Bozeman said.

Bozeman says several large trucks, were pulled from the parking lot lake. However, one white car remained stuck. "We seem to have a drainage problem to the South of us," Bozeman said.

Bozeman is not alone. McCook also faced a drainage problem throughout the day, and all with the hope that thousands of dollars of cleanup efforts would not soon wash away. "Take out the carpet, put some blowers and dehumidifiers in and start trying to dry this stuff out. And hope it doesn't rain for the next day or two like it's forecasted too," McCook added.

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