Flooding cleanup begins for homeowners in Pasco County after Tropical Storm Debby

5:44 PM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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The home of Mark Gresham is in full clean up mode due to the flooding from Debby



New Port Richey, Florida - Workers for a restoration company are tearing out drywall that is no longer dry. Like hundreds of other homeowners in Pasco County, Mark Gresham is now in cleanup mode and it's not fun.

"You're looking at disaster," he says, turning around in a living room piled high with furniture and fixtures. "I mean, it's my whole life right here-total chaos."

Debby's deluge flooded Gresham's neighborhood and put more than a foot of water inside his home. "The water started coming in from the front and back," he says. Furniture, family photos and peace of mind-ruined.

Fortunately, Gresham got his family out safely and he has insurance, so a crew from United Water Restoration is already going to town. The company's Mike Esposito says in flooding cases like this one, with filthy water, homeowners have little choice but to tear out flooring and walls.

"You sure don't want that in your walls," he says of the often sewage contaminated water. "Where you're breathing, eating, cooking your dinners, and sleeping, that's just going to become moldy. In 72 hours you have a mold problem, on top of the muck, it's just a big mess."

Up and down the street piles of debris tell the same story. "Part of my life is now sitting out on my driveway and will soon be in a dumpster," says Gresham.

Just inside his front door there's a wall plaque that says "Another Day in Paradise". Not today and most likely not for months to come.



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