Glass Shops Endure Iowa Floods
In the wake of the ongoing floods in the Midwest, particularly
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, auto glass shops are enduring the rain and
floodsand are awaiting a return to normalcy, though many are
unsure when that will be.
Right now, transportation is one of the biggest issues in the area.
"I haven't [been affected] myself, other than just the ability
to get glass," says Glenn Healey of NOVUS in Cedar Rapids.
"We were kind of an island for a little while, but all the
roads have opened up."
Forman Ford Glass currently is closed, but according to branch
manager Chris Barry, they expected to re-open shortly.
"Our business is closed right now while we wait for them to
check the building to make sure it's okay to go back in," says
Barry. "I think we took about 12 or 18 inches of water, but
there's no glass breakage in our building."
Currently, city officials are checking his business-and others-for
While weather issues like this sometimes lead to a boon in business
for glass shops, unfortunately, this is not the case with the flood-due
to its enormity.
"People have more problems than broken windshields,"
says Healy. He added that many of the vehicles that did sustain
damage were completely ruined.
Another glass shop representative, who preferred to remain anonymous,
expects a slowdown in business to result from the floods.
"With us, if anything, business many slow down for awhile
because of the economy, with people losing their homes and a lot
of people losing their jobs," she says. "That's what we
expect in the short term, at least."
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