Wilkes-Barre businesses recovering from storm damage

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The recovery process continues on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre after a storm on Monday left businesses without power.

Many businesses reopened for the first time this morning after nearby utility poles, that were knocked down by the strong winds, were replaced. Business owners and residents tell Eyewitness News the storm is something they will never forget.

“It was a scary situation, especially with the lady trapped in the car with wires around her. It was scary,” Scott Druby, co-owner of Abe’s Lunch said.

Brandon Sack comes to Abe’s Lunch frequently for their famous hot dogs. He says he wasn’t sure when and if his favorite lunch spot would reopen.

“I was like heartbroken because this is where we always come to eat grab hot dogs and everything. It’s terrible this happened,” he said.

On Monday afternoon, torrential rains and powerful winds caused a dozen utility poles to crash onto South Main Street. One woman, whose husband was inside Abe’s buying hot dogs, was trapped in her car when live power lines fell near the vehicle.

She was rescued safely.

The Amigon’s Bakery is also now up to full speed after dealing with power interruptions. Miguel Amigon was working inside when the storm moved in .

“All I heard was like thunder,” Amigon said. “I was working in the back, I seen a lot of wind. It was so dark, the poles were falling.”

Christopher Laundry is the manager of the Family Dollar store. He says he can’t believe how quickly repairs were made in light of what he witnessed on Monday.

“I said to everybody, I’ve never seen anything like that in my lifetime,” Laundry said.

City fire inspectors were making stops at every business in the area to make sure the buildings are safe in the aftermath of the storm.

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