John Wheeler, owner of Rainbow International of Pickens, dispatched two trucks and teams of restoration specialists to help recovery efforts along coastal North Carolina. His teams worked primarily in Greenville and New Bern. "We were fortunate that South Carolina missed the blunt of Hurricane Irene's impact," Wheeler said. "Our neighbors to the north weren't so lucky and saw considerably more damage. While Hurricane Irene didn't pack the punch forecasters originally called for, many home and business owners suffered damage and we were privileged to help start the recovery process."
Hurricane Irene made landfall August 27 near Cape Lookout, NC as a Category 1 storm. She then raked up the East Coast, causing extensive flooding and wind damage from Virginia to New England. Current U.S. estimates attribute 45 deaths and $7 billion in property damage to Hurricane Irene.
"The majority of the damage we saw came from extensive flooding and high winds," Wheeler added. "The hurricane also spawned a number of tornadoes that added to the destruction. We were able to complete emergency water extraction and drying for a number of homes and businesses."
Rainbow International Mobile Catastrophe Response Teams have completed similar work in the past, including recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina (2005) in Louisiana and Mississippi and Hurricane Ike (2008) in Texas.
"We're in the disaster recovery business to help as many people as we can." Wheeler said. "Families want to get back in their homes as soon as possible. Businesses need to re-open their doors quickly. At Rainbow International, we don't just restore homes and businesses; we restore value, stability, and peace of mind."
Rainbow International offers water, fire, smoke and mold damage cleanup and restoration services. Wheeler has owned and operated Rainbow International since 1999. Rainbow International also serves Anderson, Spartanburg and Greenville counties and the surrounding area.
Rainbow International may be reached at (877) FLOOD-24 or visit rainbowintl.com/pickenssc for more information or to schedule a service appointment.