Flood victim, restoration service recall their Hurricane Florence experiences

September 14, 2018 is a day that will go down in Southeastern North Carolina's history.

September 14, 2018 is a day that will go down in Southeastern North Carolina’s history.

Hurricane Florence, the Category 1 hurricane that rampaged through the area for what seemed like the longest four days of all of our lives, left major damage to homes, businesses and hearts of the people of Southeastern North Carolina.

Kim Hatcher, a Nationwide Insurance agent in Wallace, had three feet of flooding in his home that sat on 11 foot stilts.

Dominic Manfredini was a little more fortunate to not suffer damage to his home. However, he works for Servpro, a restoration company so he dealt with plenty of home damage from the storm.

Though the two never crossed paths, the one thing they do have in common is a tool they used when it came to rebuilding: 1-800-Pack-Rat.

1-800-Pack-Rat provides portable storage containers to store or move your things.

In both Hatcher and Manfredini’s case, they chose to store all valuable belongings in their PackRats while going about the restoration process.

“The first step is, if we took the home and flipped it upside down, everything that falls out needs to be dealt with properly for the homeowners sake,” Manfredini said. “So one of the tools that we use extensively is these temporary storage PackRats. We’re able to get them in a very short period of time. Typically within 24 hours. They’re out on site, we can start loading them. Lockable. Secure. It’s a perfect, fast solution for a temporary space for restoration needs.”

Hatcher, who has been out of his house for 13 weeks now while it is being repaired has three PackRats on his property.

“They’ve really been a lifesaver for us because everything was flooded. We had no where to put this stuff,” Hatcher said. “I mean every piece of furniture. Every piece of clothing. Every dish. Everything is out and in my PackRat. Pictures of family and friends.”

For more information on 1-800-Pack-Rat visit their website here.


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