J&S Construction crew helps in Nashville flood relief

June 8, 2010

Herald-Citizen - Sunday, June 6, 2010

COOKEVILLE -- The last month has certainly been a busy one for the crews of one local construction company who have helped with relief efforts in the wake of historic floods in Nashville.

And their job is still far from over.

"We saw things we had never seen before," Kevin McCaleb, chief operating officer with J&S Construction, said.

J&S Construction's Emergency Response Team had 65 guys working 12 hour shifts for 10-11 days straight, reporting to Nashville and other surrounding hard-hit areas May 1 -- while the rain was still falling.

"It never stopped raining," McCaleb said. "It is a very sad situation for these people."

McCaleb, along with Gordon Rackley, field manager; Jacob Ramsaur, assistant project manager; Jack Stites and David Stites worked around the clock assisting victims in Nashville and surrounding areas following the flooding that devastated the area early last month.

"We helped with various businesses downtown that was affected by the flooding, along with residents in the Old Hickory and Franklin area," McCaleb said.

One downtown Nashville business they worked with is Stansell Electric, where crews worked around the clock, expediting demolition and cleanup.

Stansell Electric is responsible for providing a variety of electrical services to commercial, industrial, residential and governmental clients throughout the Middle Tennessee area.

According to their website, the employees are back in operation in their offices and the warehouse is back up and running.

"Just seeing the capacity of it all is simply amazing," Ramsaur said. "You saw cars that were bobbing like Coke bottles in the water."

Crews also helped in other disasters, from helping people and businesses in New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina to tornadoes that have hit locally.

"(Nashville) wasn't nearly as bad as Katrina, but it is still bad," McCaleb said.

Some of their crew members are still in the Nashville area, working with other businesses and residents in demolishing and cleaning up, but the area still has a long way to go in terms of recovery.

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