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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