Flood of Q-C customers snap up sump pumps, dehumidifiers


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Posted Online: April 18, 2013, 5:58 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
The usual trickle of customers looking for sump pumps and dehumidifiers at local hardware stores quickly became a flood on Thursday.

Trevor True Value and Lowe's in Moline both ran out of sump pumps by the afternoon as homeowners looked for ways to drain swamped basements.

Lisa Trevor, manager at Trevor True Value, said customers whose basements had never flooded before were coming in throughout the day.

"We had a guy whose basement hadn't had any water for 30 years and this morning he had eight inches," she said.

The store sold out of sump pumps by the afternoon and all of its rental stock was out with customers, although Ms. Trevor expected to get some back later on Thursday.

At Lowe's in Moline, store manager Shane Cobine had placed an emergency order to bring in more sump pumps for customers.

"People are looking for anything that helps them get the water out of their basement," he said. "We've been super busy."

Mr. Cobine said other items in high demand included included squeegees, dehumidifiers, Shop Vacs, hoses and valves. He said he should have new sump pumps in stock on Friday.























 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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