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W.Va. businesses recovering from power outages

July 11, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com
  • Haley Faulkner, manager of the Jumpin' Java Coffe Shop and Restaurant at 109 W. Washington St., Charles Town, W.Va., said the restaurant was out of power for two days following the June 29 wind and rain storm. "The ice cream was running down the side of the freezer," she said.
Photo by Richard Belisle

INWOOD, W.Va. — Call it devine intervention.

Electricity powering the freezers at Jules Frozen Custard stand at the edge of Apple Valley Shopping Plaza was out for eight hours after the violent June 29 wind storm, but the ice cream inside was saved from melting when it was taken to church.

Doyle Collins, the stand’s owner, took gallons of frozen mix and put it in the freezers at the Bunker Hill (W.Va.) Brethren in Christ Church, said Melissa Woodward, Collins’ daughter-in-law, who was managing the stand Wednesday afternoon.

“The rest stayed OK in the refrigerator because the power wasn’t out that long,” she said.

The ice cream in the freezer at Jumpin' Java Coffee Shop and Restaurant at 109 W. Washington St., in Charles Town, W.Va., wasn’t so lucky, said Haley Faulkner, who manages the longtime downtown establishment.

“I came in to work at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning and ice cream was running down the side of the freezer and along the floor,” she said.

The freezer holding tubs of ice cream for scooping sits in front of the restaurant near the door.

“We lost food in the freezer and refrigerator, including meat, milk and the frozen fruit, and we missed two days’ revenue,” Faulkner said.

One good thing, she said, was that she had a couple of days to clean up the mess.

“We even had time to paint the molding,” she said, pointing to the ceiling.

Spokespeople at Food Lion and Martin’s grocery stores in Martinsburg, W.Va., reported few problems. The Food Lion on Winchester Avenue in Martinsburg lost power for only three hours, not long enough to do any damage, an employee there said.

The only negative incident at the Martins’ grocery store at 109 Foxcroft Ave. was the tripping of the main circuit breaker, said manager Mike Sword. On the positive side, business picked up in the aftermath of the storm from many customers who lost food items when their power went out and who had to restock, he said.

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The store handed out free ice and water provided by power company Potomac Edison.

An employee at Cassco Ice Co. on Factory Street in Martinsburg said the storm’s aftermath kept employees busy meeting demands for ice.

Steve Allen, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Berkeley County, said the office is trying to survey area businesses on the damage caused by the loss of power resulting from the storm.

“So far, I have 27 responses from all kinds of businesses and companies, from attorneys offices, caterers, real estate offices, banks and factories, like Continental Brick, which reported a loss of production,” he said.

The total damage estimate from the 27 responders came to about $53,000, he said.

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