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Watertown doused by rain, flash floods swamp motel and homes

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Flood cleanup at the Super One Motel Flood cleanup at the Super One Motel
Sump pumps still draining basements Sump pumps still draining basements

More than four inches of rain doused Watertown in under two hours Wednesday morning causing a brief flash flood and lasting damage.

The flood waters dried up about as fast as they came up but now there are several people left picking up the pieces. The Budget One Motel had several rooms washed out are now getting help cleaning up the mess.

"We've been going non-stop, the phone started ringing about 6:30 this morning and we'll be going till 6 or 7 tonight." Said Brad Van Meter.

Van Meter is a water damage specialist with Service Master Clean. The company had several people cleaning out the rooms at the Budget One Wednesday. But Van Meter says this isn't the first time he's seen flood waters check in.

"This area is a pretty low area and they get water pretty frequently when we get a couple inches of rain as fast as we did, generally it's 6 or 8 rooms at a time but we've got the whole wing this time." Said Van Meter.

The motel's owner says they have flood insurance and hope to get the damages covered. But the Budget One Motel isn't the only place in Watertown that got soggy overnight.

"We've probably had a dozen calls, most of them residential, some have carpet some don't, we get to those jobs a lot of time you have to move furniture, you spend 2-3 hours moving furniture and you don't know how long a job's going to take until you get there and survey the damage." Said Van Meter.

All across town homes still had sump pumps purging water. Van Meter says when the sky opens up there's not much you can do.

"No there's not, sump pumps can quit or don't cycle through, and there's nothing you can do other than check them at the beginning of the season and make sure they're in working order." Said Van Meter.

All that's left of the four inches of rain are few puddles, but for at least two hours on Wednesday morning, Watertown lived up to it's namesake.

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