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South Bay roofers are working to keep up with demand following the historic storm

South Bay roofers are working to keep up with demand following the historic storm

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) – The sky above us may be blue, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with the storm. In fact, the cleanup is just beginning, especially for roofers in the South Bay.

“The roofing business is interesting because every time it rains, you don’t sleep well,” said Randy Brown, co-owner of Los Gatos Roofing. “And I haven’t slept well the last few nights.”

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Brown says what kept him up at night was the more than 150 service and repair calls in just the past few days due to the storm.

One of those calls came from Benson Lee’s home in the Almaden area.

“It was crazy. I was afraid the neighborhood would be flooded,” Lee said. “It was on New Year’s Eve when this happened. I was just walking into our guest room and I felt a drip and I was like, ‘Oh no’.”

Luckily for Lee, the damage was minimal.

Crews are trying to serve as many customers as possible so they can make temporary repairs until the storms return this weekend and a permanent cleanup can be done. They all pick up the pieces of an historic storm.

“I’ve been here since 1994,” Brown said.

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“And that’s one of the worst?” asked ABC7 news reporter Dustin Dorsey.

“One of them, yes,” Brown said.

But it’s not just about residential buildings, Alliance Roofing has also looked at damage to commercial buildings.

More than 400 customer service calls since Thanksgiving, and it’s not just the rain causing the problem, according to Lon Hansen, VP of Sales and Business Development.

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“When there’s wind-driven rain, it finds a way into some of these buildings if they’re not waterproof,” Hansen said. “A little rain, no wind, they often get away with it. But if it blows like it blew, you’re going to end up with a few leaks if you haven’t taken care of it.”

Storms with more wind and rain are expected to return tomorrow and continue through the next week.

Roofing companies will remain busy and advise customers to remain patient.

“Just try to contain it and wait until the weather improves and we can get out and serve those customers,” Brown said.

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