Storm's aftermath puts many to work - FOX 13 News

Storm's aftermath puts many to work

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Debby brought misery in the form of flooded streets and wind damage, but it is also bringing in opportunity for some small business owners.

Michael Marciniak with Arbor Bay Tree and Landscaping says picking up the pieces left by Debby's mess has them very busy, day and night.

"We have seen a lot of flood damage. We've seen a lot of debris from the high winds. My crews have been running nonstop, " Marciniak said.

From the ground to rooftops, there is a lot of work to be done. At Tampa Roofing Company, they have been flooded with calls.

Company owner Keith Swope has brought in more roofers and supplies to deal with the demand, but they are already two weeks behind schedule and can't seem to catch up.

Some calls are easier to take than others.

"They're panicked. They're losing everything and they're crying on the phone, and it's difficult to talk to them," Swope said.

Strong winds also damaged pool screens, windows and fences, which has those businesses busy as well.

And at Bill Currie Ford, a few cars, including some police cruisers, had some flood damage.

"When you run your vehicle through water and then ingest water, you're going to need an engine. Sometimes you can't avoid it, but that's what happens," said John Benson, with Bill Currie Ford.

The effects of a stubborn storm are leaving many homeowners scrambling, while putting many to work.

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