Residents clean up a mess

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Since Tuesday, the Tri-Cities has received about 3.7 inches of rain, bringing this month’s total to 5.36 inches, said National Weather Service meteorologist Wayne Hoepner.

Although rainfall has kept Todd Chmelik’s crews busy with jobs, their schedule grew busier after two storms rolled through Wednesday morning. Chmelik is the owner of Rapid Flush Sewer & Drain Cleaning, Pit Stop Portable Restrooms and Kendal Septic in Spring Lake. He said they arrived at work Wednesday morning to find damp carpet 3 inches from the walls.

Once the second storm hit, water quickly flowed into the building, bringing with it fish from the neighbor’s flooded pond.

“We just all went to work,” Chmelik said.

Crews pumped 3-4 inches of water from the office floor; about 5 inches filled parts of the shop.

Despite working to clean up the office, Chmelik said crews also stayed out past 8:30 p.m. working with clients.

The recent rainfall also caused water to rise in Barbara Carlson's basement. The Spring Lake woman said her husband normally keeps an eye on the water level to head off any potential flooding, but he’s currently out of town.

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