Business Swamped With Storm Cleanup

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Some crews are working in the heat trying to help people dry out from Tuesday’s storm. The calls started flooding into On The Spot Cleaning before the rain stopped.

“We have 45 homes on a waiting list right now and so we are just cycling through them as we can get to them,” said owner Scott Cooper.

Most of the calls are for wet basement from too much rain water. Other homeowners are dealing with sewer backups. Cooper and his crews were out until 1:30 a.m. and then back at the office at 7 a.m.

“Everybody is just kinda go-go mode. We just try to accomplish as much as we can for as many people as we can,” he said.

“Once you had a flood, you're always nervous about the elements,” explained George Dunlap.

The basement of his West Des Moines home has now flooded twice in the last year. Dunlap saw it coming.

“I kept checking the sump pump and eventually I saw it overflowing,” Dunlap said.

The team from On The Spot brought in air movers, humidifiers and other specialized equipment to get rid of the rain water.

“It's hard to be on the outside and go, 'Oh, it's just water in your home'. But when it happens to you, it's frantic,” said Cooper.

Most of their jobs Wednesday were in the western part of the metro. Some areas received as much as three inches of rain Tuesday.