Blair Recovery in High Gear

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The patchwork continues in Blair. Tuesday’s storm caused widespread damage and property owners are trying to guard against additional losses.

With the sky threatening rain, the most important thing to do is cover holes in the roof and block broken windows.

That’s keeping workers at S.E. Smith and Sons Lumber Yard very busy selling and loading plywood and everything else needed to cover up damage caused by the storm.

S.E. Smith’s Rachel Spader said, “It’s just been crazy… We've been extremely busy, you know, our normal customers, a lot of contractors. We have a lot of do-it-yourselfers. Selling a lot of sheeting, plastic tarps and some stuff we've run out of.”

Workers have put in a lot of hours lately helping others repair their homes and waiting to get started on their own.

S.E. Smith’s Aaron Wattenbach said, “I've been working. I’ve got an insurance person coming out this afternoon. I lost windows and doors as well so I’m right there with them. Haven’t taken the time to deal with it, no. This afternoon will be the first time I get a chance to take care of it.

“It’s been such a community thing, everybody helping people because everybody’s going through the same thing. Even our workers who were here came in that night. They still, we still have our own house like that but you need to help everybody else.”

City officials in Blair don’t know how long it will take to figure out how much damage the storm cost the city.


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