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Prestonsburg hotel recovering after sprinkler system failure

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Cleaning up after fire or flooding can be a daunting task, but a London-based company is trying to make it easier.

Workers with Servpro of Pulaski and Laurel Counties were at a Prestonsburg hotel that had sustained extensive water damage when their sprinkler system failed. The outfit specializes in the clean-up of flood damage, fire, and even meth labs. They recently expanded, thanks in part to tax incentives through the Kentucky Business Incentive program.

Everyone involved calls it a big soggy mess.

"This is a large project. We've got about 27,000 square feet that's been affected by water," said Servpro of Pulaski and Laurel Counties owner Anthony Roberts.

The Super 8 motel in Prestonsburg has been in clean-up mode ever since a sprinkler head burst in the attic Saturday afternoon. No one was hurt, but hotel staff say it has been a major headache.

"The third floor is completely ruined," said Jeremiah Parsons, general manager of Super 8 in Prestonsburg. We're having to replace all the carpet, tear out sheet rock walls, ceilings, and replace all the furniture in the rooms."

Parsons says the water damage was so severe, it was almost like a fire had happened, but he says thanks to the quick work of Servpro, he expects everything to be back to normal by as early as next week.

Servpro of Pulaski and Laurel Counties deals with water damage like this on a regular basis. They also handle fire damage, and the company's owner says they are one of the few emergency response companies in the state certified for methamphetamine cleanup.

"But I think what's most exciting here is the opportunity that Super 8 has to give a really fresh look and a full renovation to their facility and hopefully we'll be able to help them with that," said Roberts.

Thanks to a recent expansion, the owner says Servpro will be there to clean up the mess for years to come.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved Servpro for tax incentives up to $300,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program.

With the state's help, the company has been able to expand with a new 15,000 square foot facility in London and 10 new jobs.

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