How cleanup services are facing Irma’s demands

After the storm comes the surge of calls for help. Here’s how cleanup companies are dealing with the demand.

On Sept. 12, the day after Hurricane Irma blew through Jacksonville, Paul Davis Restoration of North Florida took as many phone calls as it normally receives in two months.

Bushor’s Tree Surgeons’ phones began ringing, and as soon as it was safe, teams of workers headed out with cranes to lift trees off houses.

And David Lasure, owner of Freedom Building Services, began calling his commercial clients to see who had electricity, because even routinely scheduled cleaning was impossible without it.

“That was a big part of it,” Lasure said. As well as determining “if it was clear for cleaning crews to come into the buildings.”

Hurricane Irma damaged many homes, buildings and trees around Northeast Florida, generating a lot of extra work for those in the business of cleaning up.

“I expect it to continue for a while,” said Marguerite Mumford, president and co-owner of Paul Davis Restoration.

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How cleanup businesses are facing Irma’s Demands