|By Zlati Meyer, Detroit Free Press|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But that's the word
Insurance brokerages are just one type of business seeing a huge influx of panic, as metro Detroiters try to recover from Monday's devastating storm. Getting an adjuster on the phone is generally the first step to rebuilding after a flood of this magnitude, followed by calls to restoration companies, mechanics, hardware stores and dry cleaners.
Vilella was up at
"Call your agent to find out where you stand. Do you have coverage on your policy? Some people think there's automatically coverage and it's not," she explained. "If a basement's going to flood and a street's going to flood, what can you do? Sandbags?"
The answer is not much.
Once water damage has been done, the key is trying to salvage what you can. That's when homeowners turn to the professionals, such as
Twenty trucks, half a dozen of which do water extraction, spent Tuesday traversing the firm's
"It all hit at once. My phones blew up. Calls have been coming in since
For those who chose to handle the destroyed lower level of their homes themselves, it was off to the DIY hotspots. Hardware stores like Reindel True Value in
"They're in a hurry, because there's water in the basement. They want it done," said owner
And once that's taken care of, it's details, details, details -- what to do about wet drapes, water-soaked luggage stores in the basement and stuffed animals in the downstairs playroom.
"We've gotten some calls today. For the most part, people are thinking how to get water out of their basements. When that happens, their thoughts turn to 'What do I do with all the things affected?' What's left over is soggy material," said
But post-disaster action doesn't always happen quickly.
"It's been hotly debated for 200 years what a flood is. Any inundation of a normally dry land area is a flood. I don't agree with that. Neither does the
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