On Monday morning the flooring contractor inspected the basement. The diagnosis: all the carpet had to go. Also, the frames for four doors and a closet had taken on water so frames plus doors need to be replaced. He talked to the insurance agent and brought in the ServiceMaster manager. By Monday afternoon the ServiceMaster crew had boxed the contents of my studio and hauled the boxes to the garage. They moved the larger furniture (sewing table, cutting table, treadle machine) to the laundry room.
Note: both the flooring contractor and the ServiceMaster mgr. *complimented me* on how well-organized the contents of the basement were. (Nothing special, just how I shelve fabric/magazines/books/stuff.) I asked them to repeat that to my husband. :) They told some tales of work done in the homes of hoarders and near-hoarders.
On Tuesday and Wednesday the flooring crew pulled up the carpet and scraped up the underlayment. Industrial dehumidifiers were brought in. The internet cable was stapled along the floor molding. When it was pulled to remove the damaged molding the internet/TV/phone service was cut off. I went to the AT&T store for help and a patient service rep connected me to the repair call center. The AT&T tech came on Thursday. He was very helpful--not only did he reroute the interior wire (so it runs along the ceiling molding rather than the floor), but he also installed a new jack, upgraded the DVR box, and explained everything.
The replacement flooring is vinyl, wood-look ("elm"). When the basement is dry enough (one of the workers comes by every afternoon with a humidity measurer) they can install it and then replace the doors.