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Faces of the Storm: Business Impact

Residential property was not the only area to see damage during the storm, as the tornado swept through Industrial Drive. Hoover Treated Wood had sheets of plywood scattered high in trees and down the street on Mesena Road Friday morning.

Chris Mercer, the owner of McDuffie Box Factory said they had a trailer turned over and the roof and "most of the side walls" of their facility will have to be replaced.

"It was quite bad," he said. "But we only lost less than four hours of production, and no one was on the premises, so no one was hurt."

The Thomson Wal-Mart also lost a few hours of business as they had to close the store until 5 a.m. Friday until their electricity was restored. Wal-Mart spokesperson Cindy Nelson said she feels the storm brought them extra business in spite of the almost nine-hour closing.

"We had an increase in sales all over the store, because we were extremely busy Friday and Saturday," she said.

For Culpepper Lumber and Ace Hardware owner, Lemmy Brooks, business picked up slightly, but he is expecting a bigger increase in the next few weeks as people receive the final word for repairs from their insurance companies.

Mr. Brooks said Friday he brought in additional large tarps and pallets of polyethylene from his other location in Evans to fill the orders.

"It's just people patching, so they are just getting three or four sheets. ... It's just mostly dibble-dabbles," he said.

Mr. Brooks said he has been asked if prices will go up when the large orders for replacing entire roofs start to come in.

"I will not do anything with pricing because people are in need," he said. "As a matter of fact, if I can help in any way, then I'm going to do that, too."

Web posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007

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