Hurricane Isaac Leaves Louisiana Glass Shops Closed and Without Power
August 30, 2012

by Katie O'Mara,

Hurricane Isaac swept into the Louisiana coastline on Wednesday bringing damaging winds and driving rain to the area. New Orleans and surrounding cities, which were pummeled by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, braced for the category one storm and locals closed up shop and headed indoors. Louisiana auto glass shops are reporting loss of power and more intense wind and rain than expected.

"We are in the direct path of the eye," said Wes Walker, owner of Castrol Premium Lube Express in Opelousas, La., on Wednesday. "We are expecting between 5 to 10 inches of rain and lots of wind. Our other businesses are locked down tight and we are going to ride it out."

Getting back in the shop was an unknown yesterday as many residents and business owners were unable to even go out of their homes to see what damage had been done.

"The storm was stronger than we all thought," says a representative from Service Plus Auto Glass in Metairie, La. "The storm is still pounding us now and we are not sure when we will be back at work."

The Glass Doctor corporate office was able to touch base with a number of its shops in Louisiana, some open and operating in parts of the state, while others were closed or unreachable yesterday.

"We haven't heard from Glass Doctor of New Orleans, owned by Sharilyn Glover, at this time," said Rebecca Broadus, public relations specialist for Glass Doctor yesterday. "It's probably due to downed phone service and electricity.

Safelite spokesperson, Melina Metzger, also confirmed that they expected to hear from shops once power was re-established in the area.

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