Irene Damages Being Assessed Still
August 29, 2011
Many auto glass shops along the East Coast have re-opened today,
after Hurricane Irene left estimated several billion dollars in
damages as it barreled up north along the coast over the weekend.
On August 28, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency began
its damage review of states affected by the hurricane that left
at least 11 people dead, according to a Reuters
"We have seen no major damages in South Carolina," says
Trey Rice, vice president, Ace Glass in Columbia, S.C. "There
were some residential damages. It was windy, but we got lucky. There
was more devastation up north. With the news coverage, I think people
really protected their property and boarded up."
A little further up the coast, Bob Ox of Binswanger Glass in Richmond,
Va., and Ed Marinelli of Binswanger in Norfolk, Va., were still
assessing the damages. The pair reported they might have more information
about damages next week.
Jeff Herman, president of Atlas Glass in Long Island City, lives
in Westchester, N.Y., and reported no damage to his home. "I
do know that many homes and roads were victims to fallen trees,"
he says. "At work (in Astoria, N.Y.) we have not had many calls
as of yet [around noon August 29] for glass repair related to the
Jean Brennan, office manager at Southern Glass & Mirror, says
her company is located in Swansboro, N.C., and is nicknamed Friendly
City by the Sea, a couple of miles from the intercoastal waterway,
creeks and the ocean.
We had only some minor cosmetic damage done to our building
and the eye of storm came very close to Swansboro, she says.
I have been through many storms here in eastern North Carolina,
although we were lucky that the storm weakened more than
expected when it made landfall, it was the longest hurricane I have
been through. We are surprised that we have not received more phone
calls for glass repairs it seems that the community is familiar
with hurricanes and were well prepared. We noticed that many of
the repair requests we received were for glass that was broken while
protection was being installed. Most of the other repair calls are
from branches and trees that have fallen and the glass was not protected.
There are a lot of vacation homes in the area, so some homeowners
were not able to properly prepare. We do have additional vehicles
on the road and available today so that we can respond quickly to
customer calls, and although there has not been as many calls as
we have expected there has been a significant increase and
we are happy that we are prepared.
Ali Ghahremani, president of Champion Metal and Glass in Long Island,
reported "some damages to certain buildings, which we expected."
He adds, "It wasn't as bad as we expected
is okay with my facility. Phone lines were down, but the cell phones
worked. Everything's back on track today."
Funds from the federal government might ultimately cover much of
the damage expense of Hurricane Irene, according to the Reuters
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