WARWICK, RI — The local hospitality industry is seeing an influx of customers as many out-of-state restorers are flocking to the area to assist in the cleanup efforts necessary after recent record-breaking flooding, according to the Providence Journal
Restoration companies like ServiceMaster Clean
, Environmental Disaster Services
and others have brought in hundreds of workers to expedite the lengthy cleanup process, the story stated.
According to the story, many locals are irritated that the need for restoration workers was not filled with some of the 73,200 unemployed individuals in the state of Rhode Island; however, executives with the restoration companies say they need trained, dependable people and don''t have time to screen, hire and train new employees.
Bill Dancer, vice president of Environmental Disaster Services, said: "Our business comes down to speed. You need to get in fast and get it done ... getting the water out, getting the mud out and drying the building. It''s a unique business. The big pros all know each other."
Most of the disaster restoration workers flocking to the New England area have worked other disasters like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Hurricane Ike in Texas and various floods in Virginia, Georgia and the Midwest, the story noted.
Though the employees are away from their families and work long hours — as many as of 18 hours per day — they are helping those in desperate need of assistance and making good money — some as much as $250 a day, the story added.