The weatherman called it a once in a lifetime storm and it surely lived up to the hype. Power lines and trees were toppled over because of the hight wind, sewers and drainage ditches overflowed and spilled onto the streets. Eventually as the rain continued to come down that standing water in the streets became standing water in everyone’s front lawns and even into their basements. After the storm my wife and I walked through the neighborhood looking for people we could help and there were plenty of our neighbors in need. My first impression was that there would soon be many flood restoration vans pulling into town as well as a few roofing companies seeing as nearly everyone’s roof was either removed completely or visibly damaged. It almost looked like a tornado had come through our subdivision thats how much debris there was in the streets and strewn about everyone’s lawns.
Our basement was completely under water but thankfully we had a gas generator we used to help pump some of it out from the crawlspace. Before long we were able to actually see the carpeting down there so at least we knew there was progress. Now our focus was going to be on the exterior of the house and to assess the damages properly. Actually our first move was to call our insurance agent and have them come out to evaluate the damage done so they could file a claim for us. I’m always a bit nervous about filing insurance claims for natural disasters (I had to file one a few years back for tornado damage to an old house I used to live in) because it can be tense when they give you the final figure.
Just from a visual inspection from standing on the front lawn I could see that the roofing above the master bedroom was almost completely gone and the bare wood and tar had been exposed. It was then that the power of this particular storm really hit me. Those winds were upwards of sixty miles an hour! The more I looked around the neighboring houses the more I could see that people’s lawn ornaments had blown into neighboring yards, car windows were broken due to flying debris and there was even a motorcycle that had tipped over and was laying in someone’s front yard. Now that I knew something would certainly have to be done to fix the roof I decided I could just forgo the insurance agents quote and call Core Contractors, Roofing and Restoration. From my previous experience working with them I know that they can write up a detailed damage report on your home’s roof and send that off to an insurance company for a claim to be filed. This way you can cut out the middle man and get to work faster repairing the roof. On the first day of inspection the guys from Core Contractors came out and put a tarp over the damaged section of the roof. The roofers were careful not to do any further damage. I was impressed how quickly they started.