Storms Hit the South
Mother Nature has struck again. In what is becoming an all too
familiar occurrence, sudden, violent storms including tornados struck
Alabama, Georgia and Missouri yesterday causing havoc.
At Watson Glass Co. in Enterprise, Kelly Watson said that the tornado
has had a tremendous impact on the full-service company and she
praised her crew for staying on the job until 7:30 last night to
help board up local businesses. "We had to wait until the police
and National Guard had assessed the situation before they would
let us into the area to do the board up work for the local businesses,"
she said. "We've had such a lot of calls from businesses needing
On the auto glass side, she said that the company's bays are all
filled with vehicles and there's a line outside. "We're all booked
up for tomorrow already," she stated.
Watson, the wife of Stacy Watson who runs the 40-year old third-generation
family owned company with his brother Clint, said the company had
called the police and the local media to let them know that they
had a warehouse where vehicles with broken glass that needed to
be stored out of the weather could go.
"This work is going to go on for a long time," she added.
Edward R. Mock, owner of Battens Paint & Body, which also provides
wrecking services in Enterprise, Ala., the town worst hit by the
storm, called the situation there "critical" and "a national disaster."
When reached on the phone by glassBYTEs.com and USGNN this
morning, he said he could only speak for a minute because he had
to rush out to get a car moved that had been in an accident.
"I've been here forever and we've been in business for 30 years
and I've never seen anything like this," he said. "Right now we're
just helping to move cars and try to get to the bodies in the school
where the roof collapsed during the tornado."
Mock said he already had 30 cars that he had to do estimates for
and that it would be Monday or Tuesday before he could even get
Mark Michael, owner of Southern Wholesale Glass, told us more about
the tornado that also hit Americus, Ga., last night when we contacted
him this morning.
"The local glass company, Americus Glass which does commercial
and residential flat glass, got hit and they lost power and their
phones, but they're out starting to clean up," he said.
"There was also damage in Columbus, Ga.," he added. However, Michael
said that he had not yet heard from any of his clients in Alabama.
"We're running wild just trying to keep up," he said.