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Central Wisconsin business wraps up efforts to clean up the east coast


Workers at a central Wisconsin business are wrapping up their clean up efforts on the east coast. This comes after Superstorm Sandy ripped through the area. Thursday night, we talked to the president of that business, about what he and his team have been able to accomplish. 

It was a sight Craig Kersemeier couldn't stand to see. 

"It was a war zone," said Kersemeier. 

The east coast had been torn apart by Superstorm Sandy in just a matter of hours, leaving many without shelter. 

But for the last month, a group of workers from K-Tech have tried to make a difference. 

"We responded right away but we couldn't get into the island area or any place out here because of fuel shortages, and we kind of retreated for about three or four days and than when things started opening back up we came back out ," he said. 

Kersemeier, the president of the company, has been away from home for a month now. He says he misses Wisconsin. But helping people on the east coast is what he needs to do. 

"You're watching businesses open up and things like that, when we came here there was not a restaurant open, not one," said Kersemeier.

K-Tech in Weston provides clean up services for fire or flood damage. So this isn't a new experience. But Kersemeier says cleaning up still isn't easy. 

"It's also the business that we chose to be in, we chose to be in the emergency restoration business, being out here with the guys is the same thing it's a general feel of I'm out there I'm part of a team, they see that so I think that's a big thing for anybody if your boss is out there getting his hands dirty with you it goes a long way," he said. 

The extreme flooding and major damage in those homes has all been cleaned up, but Kersemeier says a lot of work still needs to be done elsewhere. 

"You mark these all down as learning experiences you get to learn a lot about different people, about restoration in itself," he said. 

Kersemeier and his team are preparing to head home soon. But they know there's still much more to be done, as the east coast continues to recover.

Kersemeier says he and the rest of the K-Tech crew hope head to home sometime before Christmas. 

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