While many spent the weekend relaxing or enjoying Mom’s Weekend at Washington State University, those affected by Tuesday’s flood were hard at work continuing to clean up the mess left behind.
Residents along Moscow’s D Street received help from co-workers, neighbors and friends as they cleaned and dried out their garages, basements and other flooded areas.
Several people were at Rebecca Price’s home Saturday, sorting through her possessions and throwing out anything too damaged to keep. She said they were clearing out the garage so workers can start tearing out the wet drywall and disinfecting the area to prevent mold. Her neighbors offered to drive to Spokane to pick up dehumidifiers.
Pictures, tools, a snowblower and a lawn mower were among the flood’s victims that had to be discarded. Price said her flood insurance does not cover everything that was lost or damaged.
Evidence of how high the floodwater rose Tuesday evening was still evident on the brick exterior of Price’s home. Price said she was shocked by how suddenly her property was covered with water.
“It was so, so fast,” she said.
She said members of Latah County Soil and Water Conservation District came out the day after the flood to drain the water and shovel gravel in the driveway. Price said she was grateful to them, as well as Latah Sanitation, which lent four roll carts in which they could dump garbage. She also said the Latah County Transfer Station did not charge them for dumping their trash.
Nearby, Shellie Schemmer’s garage was also a flurry of activity as hired workers were in the middle of cleanup and repair.
“We’re praying for no more rain,” she said.
She took time off work during the past week to stay home and begin the cleanup. Schemmer credited her neighbors for stepping up during and after the flood to help each other save as much as they could.
“We have definitely been helping each other,” she said.
She said those who have lived in the area longer than her said this flood was the worst they have seen.
Cleanup at businesses in Pullman is at a standstill. Crystal Gayles, owner of Rollys Ice Cream Parlor, said her business was lucky because it probably received the least amount of damage of those in the complex on North Grand Avenue where it is located. She said Rollys’ carpet has to be torn out, the floors must be redone and some appliances were damaged.
However, because the other businesses next door were more heavily affected by the flood, Rollys is still seeing water coming into its space.
Gayles said until the other businesses are able to make more progress on cleanup, Rollys will have to remain closed.
Several of those businesses, including Rollys, are trying to raise money on Go Fund Me to help recover from the flood. The heavily damaged Snap Fitness is trying to raise $50,000.
Gayles said she was grateful to members of WSU’s Sigma Pi fraternity for volunteering Wednesday to clear out mud from her business.
Anthony Kuipers can be reached at (208) 883-4640, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.