Assault Pacific Northwest
Glass shops in the Pacific Northwest have seen business slow down
over the past two days as a result of rain and hurricane force winds-but
the extent of damage to the area indicates that business won't be
slow for long.
Several inches of rain have fallen in the region since Sunday as
the result of two different storm systems, causing school and government
offices to close. At least four deaths have been blamed on these
Landslides, blocked roads, downed trees and power outages were
prevalent across the region. The governors of both Washington and
Oregon declared states of emergency.
The magnitude of the storm's destruction depended on geographic
location. While one source in Seattle stated that there was no major
damage, aside from “wet basements,” in her area, Dena Orndorff of
Advance Glass in Olympia, Wash., says there is “flooding everywhere.”
"It is unbelievable to see," she continues. " We've never seen
anything like it."
While Orndorff states business is currently "slow" as a result
of the flooding, she is most concerned about the condition of Advance
Glass' Shelton, Wash., location as conditions are so bad that employees
"cannot even get there."
The storms' destruction was felt even beyond Orndorff's own business
interests, as she mentioned that her brother-in-law recently had
installed on the windows on a local eatery, which was then destroyed
Monday by a mudslide.
"It was just devastating," says Orndorff, as she explained that
the proprietors had staked everything they had in their business.
Unfortunately, for Orndorff and others, the National Weather service
forecast calls for showers to continue through Wednesday.
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