Everybody in this area has been focused on getting past all the
devastation and destruction — first from Hurricane Irene,
then more than two weeks of nearly nonstop rains.
Obviously it was a lot worse right after Irene hit, but even later,
we only had a few scattered days where it did not rain. I’d
never seen anything like this. I don’t know anybody in the
area who’s not affected.
There was a lot of damage around the area, and several of my
customers had problems, mainly flooding — the ground is
saturated and pools are overflowing. It also becomes a problem
getting into the area to service some of the pools where roads are
We maintain around 300 pools on a weekly basis, and the majority of
those we were able to clean up right away after the storm. My crews
put in a lot of long hours. We have a couple customers located
right on the beach, and the ocean just went right into their pools.
So those pools had to be drained and refilled. Because the
extraordinary amount of rain raised the underground water table,
some pools couldn’t be drained until more than two weeks
after Irene, or they would pop out of the ground.