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Businesses Trying to Rebound from Power Outages

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Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: R.J. Burnette

Lynchburg, VA - The derecho's wrath has kept several local businesses in the dark as well. Many of them are now trying to rebound after being closed for days.

A lot of residents have spoiled food on their hands, and days of lost sales. But, now they are now in recovery mode, and trying to recoup their losses.

The Derecho left some businesses closed due to roof damage while it left others like the Quik-E Mart on Lakeside Drive in the dark for a nearly a week. Quik-E Mart finally had their power restored Friday morning.

"I was actually happy. I was like, 'Yea, we can finally have a normal day,'" said Tammy Irvin, manager at the Quik-E on Lakeside Drive.

Every other day has been spent tossing out food in their deli or moving it to other Quik-E Marts. And, to add insult to injury, someone broke through this double paned window during the outage.

"They came through knocking over a bunch of wine, making a huge mess, taking whatever they wanted and then left," said Irvin.

For those in the business of selling cars, the power outages brought sales to a screeching halt.

"We were just out of everything. The power was down the service department couldn't operate, sales department couldn't operate," said Mark Smith, New Car Sales Manager at Apple Ford in Lynchburg.

Apple Ford had no power for six days, but now customers are rushing back.

"We had a majority of people coming in looking for services, and parts. But, we're back in business today," said Smith.

Bakeries and cafes like Magnolia Foods are now trying to play catch up after five days of lost sales, and lost product.

"We did the best we could to save what we could the more expensive items, but we lost probably $3,000 worth of food," said Addi McCauley, Owner of Magnolia Foods.

A lot of businesses I spoke to say their lost products will be covered through insurance, but there is little that can be done to bring back those days of lost sales.

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