Glass Shops Contend with Floodwaters
As flood waters begin to recede in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, glass-related
businesses both in the city and further downstream brace for more
challenges as the Mississippi River begins to rise.
USGNN.com contacted representatives from local glass shops in the
region to see how their businesses have been affected. While all
had not experienced any physical damage to their business premises,
their companies were impacted in other ways.
Businesses at Netom Enterprises in Cedar Rapids itself hasn't really
been affected, but transportation issues have plagued the company.
According to president Chris Lyons, "the main freeway from
Cedar Rapids going south was blocked off, resulting in a detour
of 281 miles," Lyons says officials just opened the local bridge
this morning. He also reports that four employees of his company
are presently living out of a hotel and their homes are flooded.
Don Iron, branch manager of Midwest Glazing of Cedar Rapids, also
says that four employees have had to seek shelter elsewhere. While
his company is "overall in good shape," he reminds that
his company is "just starting to feel the impact, as officials
just opened the city to residents and business owners."
Further downstream in Keokuk, Iowa, Andrew Chatfield, general manager
of CHMI, also considers his business to be "reasonably lucky"
to have no suffered no damage, but is concerned for his staff. Many
of his employees live in Illinois and it will be "tremendously
hard to keep open if they close the bridge on the Illinois side,"
as the company will lose both administrative and production staff.
Chatfield and his staff are doing their part to help the relief
efforts as some of the company's employees from the manufacturing
side spent yesterday afternoon aiding in the sandbagging efforts
to reinforce the levees.
However, Chatfield warns that the Mississippi River is not expected
to crest until tomorrow and that the water is currently ten feet
over flood stage.
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