Nearby Businesses Affected by Power Outage in Midland

by Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - That windstorm that took out 13 power poles around the northwest corner of Loop 250 caused quite a few headaches for commuters and residents, but nearby businesses were hurt too.

The power in the area is back on now, but it's still costing some of those businesses money.

No one was hurt when those power poles were knocked down late Monday night.

At least physically.

Now that the power is back on, there are some businesses still hurting two days later.

"Yesterday was really pretty bad in the afternoon," Sam Nimry, Owner of Burgers, Fries, and Cherry Pies, said.

Burgers, Fries, and Cherry Pies is near the Wadley and Loop 250 intersection. They've been open for 3 1/2 months trying to get business going.

The new owner says this power outage is real set-back.

"It affects the restaurant business as much or more than anybody else because of the fact that we've got, you know, coolers and stuff like that," Nimry said. "And when that thing shuts down, you pray to God that you're not loosing all that food."

So restaurants did the best they could, they kept the freezer doors closed tight.

"We lost a lot of customers, which is part of it, but we can't do anything about it," Nimry said.

Their power came back on at 7:30 in the morning on Tuesday, but at four, it went out again, and it destroyed some of their main equipment.

"The coke machine, the cooler and the freezer, the hood, and the main things we operate on. The lights stayed on, but I'd rather have the lights off than the equipment," Nimry said. "I don't know what happened, how this can happen between having half of it on and half of it off, but that causes damage in some of the motors in my equipment."

Chick Fil-A at Loop 250 and Midland Drive didn't get damaged, but the outage kept their store empty.

"It was about 1/6 of what we normally do for breakfast, nobody came!" Gordon Schrank, Manager of Chick-Fil-A, said.

"We can't really do anything without power," Schrank said. "I mean, we could sell lemonade and chicken salad sandwiches. Thats about it, because we cook almost exclusively with electricity, so when we have no power, we're out of business."

So employees got creative.

"One of the girls brought in a camping lantern and they stood in there and cupped fruit and cole slaw yesterday morning by lantern to get ready for the day, because we never knew when the power was going to come back on," Schrank said.

But even when lights came back on, the restaurant still sat empty.

"They couldn't get here, they had that whole intersection blocked off at Midland Drive and the Loop from all directions, so there's big traffic tie-ups everywhere," Schrank said. "I think they just couldn't figure out how to do it and didn't bother."

At this point, most of the businesses in that area are back up and running.

The 3,000 neighbors and shops who lost power were restored by Tuesday evening.