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Saginaw disaster relief business helping with Hurricane Sandy clean up

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SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) -

(11/13/12) - Patience is running low, as thousands of residents in New York remain in the dark now two weeks after Superstorm Sandy.

The Long Island Power Authority mostly blames factors beyond its control, like damage to electrical panels, wiring, and other home repairs that have to be done before the power can be fully restored.

In the meantime, more help is on the way from Mid-Michigan. This time, it's coming from a Saginaw disaster-relief company called Servpro.

Clean-up crews have been working 12-16 hour days. They're working to fix up businesses, so families out east can get back to work.

"We go out and help those people who can't get service otherwise," said Dawn Luptowski, marketing manager for Serpro of Saginaw.

There's so much damage, it's hard for east coast businesses to handle the massive workload.

"There was as much as five foot surge that went through some of the buildings and you've also got damage of biohazard, sewage back up, things like that," Luptowski said.

Fifty people from Servpro are working along the east coast, and they've been there for nearly three weeks.

Right now, they're working on cleaning up a flooded warehouse in New Jersey.

Their biggest challenge is finding fuel.

"I was really surprised, people were standing with gas cans on both sides of the pumps just waiting to get gas," said Pat Waterman, resource coordinator with Servpro. "When I first came in, there was no stop lights."

And even though it's a messy job, they're happy to help.

Clean up crews aren't sure when they'll be coming home; they'll be there until the job is done.

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