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Sitting flood debris means more work for tire shops

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BATON ROUGE – Business is brisk on Sunday at G&T Tire Service on Plank Road in Baton Rouge. It’s not because of an aggressive marketing campaign, but because of mother nature.

Bryan Glover, the owner of the tire shop, says it is what the Great Flood of 2016 left behind is what is generating the boom in business.

“It’s debris removal. Everybody dropping nails all over everywhere trying to get back in,” Glover said. “You know, get their houses back together.”

Glover said it’s been so busy that G&T must open every Sunday for customers like James Elliot who’s had several tires damaged by storm debris.

“I went and got brand new tires,” Elliot said. “And I did crack two rims so it hit me for around $600-$700 range.”

There’s still a lot of debris left on city streets, but officials have cut back on flood debris removal. That means piles of trash could be a problem for motorists for some time.

Glover says if you see a lot of debris, turn around and take another street.

“Avoid this bad situation going on,” Glover said. “Once they are back in their houses, things will level out again.”

Until then, Glover said he expects to be working seven days a week.


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