HELLAM TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY—Restoration companies across Central Pennsylvania are hard at work, as employees help people affected by Tropical Storm Lee. Technicians at Cameo Services, a York County based company, have been working around the clock trying to meet every need.
Cameo employees have gone from working about seven jobs a week, to responding to about 500 calls since last Tuesday. Some employees have worked 16 to 18 hour days, going from job to job. There is even a growing waiting list.
"It's a very very, very busy time right now for us," said Andrew Deffendall, Project Manager/Estimator, Cameo Services.
Karen Newbould of Hellam Township, York County called Cameo Services to help her and her husband get life back to normal.
"There's vents under the house," said Newbould. "So as the water came in you could hear it going just coming right up out of everything in the floor and in the doors and the animals are running around and getting up on higher things."
The water filled the basement and was ankle deep on the first floor. Newbould's garden tractor and Chevrolet Camaro were swept away into the quarry that sits behind her house. She and her husband and animals were safe.
"God was good to us," said Newbould. "Friends and neighbors, family showed up and put hours in cleaning and then had to go home and take care of their stuff."
Cameo Services, on Tuesday, also put in several hours at Newbould's house.
"We've been on our Code Red as we call it,' said Deffendall. "All the technicians are pretty much required to come in once called upon."
"Everyday doing the same thing: tearing out people's houses and pulling up flooring, contents, walls, carpet, long days," said Terrance Leeper, Lead Carpenter, Cameo Services.
Each employee is happy to make a difference in the lives of people who have been through so much.
"It's a disaster," said Leeper. "It's just hard on people and it makes you feel good inside when you help them out."
Once everything is stripped and removed, Cameo Services uses fans and dehumidifiers to dry out homes and businesses. Deffendall told Fox 43 when a structure is not dried out properly the risk of mold growth increases, which can cause serious health concerns.