Roto-Rooter Assists Tornado Victims in Alabama

Roto-Rooter Assists Tornado Victims in Alabama

Roto-Rooter's Birmingham Branch is lending a hand to its neighbors in its 12-county service territory who were victims of the late April 2011 tornadoes. The tornadoes wrecked homes and businesses and displaced many local families and individuals who are now staying in local shelters until they can find new places to live and get back on their feet.

Often it's the little comforts that can make a big difference in someone's comfort. That's why Roto-Rooter's Birmingham service technicians and office staff made it their mission to help their communities. The team purchased lots of toiletry items like toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wet wipes, baby diapers and other "comfort items" then put together more than 1,500 care packages with the items. Roto-Rooter service technicians then loaded the items into their service vans and delivered the packages to area shelters.

Almost every member of Roto-Rooter's Birmingham plumbing staff has a friend or family member who was affected by the tornadoes. "I'm upset and heartbroken over what my aunt is going thru at this time with the loss of her home.  "I think its a good thing to give back to the community and to the people who really need all the help they can get," said Maurice Butler who is a service technician for Roto-Rooter. Business slowed in the wake of the storm and Roto-Rooter general manager, Jason Eldridge, decided that the idle time could be put to good use helping the community. He called a staff meeting and discussed the idea with his team and was greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm. Vernon Cooper, another service technician for Roto-Rooter said his sister lost her entire house in Pratt City. "I'm Devastated by what my sister is going through and at a loss myself because I'm so close to the tragedy.  So I'm happy to be able to help my neighbors who are going through so much right now" 
Roto-Rooter technicians are used to providing 24 hour plumbing, fixing kitchen plumbing problems and doing sewer cleaning jobs but they have a fleet of reliable vehicles and an army of employees who stepped up to make life a bit more pleasant for their storm damaged community.  

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