It's finally here, and it's making a mess.
After years of drought, the first El Nino storms of the season moved through California this week, and John Wolf isn't getting much sleep. "We are really busy," said the supervisor for CI Services Roofing, a 21-year-old company that specializes in commercial properties. Wolf was supervising eight crews at various locations, patching leaks in the pouring rain. Owner Bill Baley said that a year ago, his crews could have responded to requests for estimates within one week. Now they're booked through the end of February.
"That's our sold work," Wolf said as he and his crew worked quickly on the roof of a strip mall in the city of Yorba Linda. The job was an extra, one of many emergencies they were squeezing in. "With this rain, we're just gonna get phenomenally tore up here working," he said. "It's gonna be busy, busy, busy."