Some Business Profits Drown In Rain

Some East Texas businesses say all the rain in recent weeks is washing away profits.

The hardest hit are businesses operating outside. Car wash centers like South Park Car Care in Tyler has experienced a 50 percent cut in daily profits. The business, which averages 300 cars a day, had only two clients Tuesday morning.

"We're hoping the weather will get straight so we'll have more cars," says manager Tracy Woody.

The experience for local video stores and retailers has been more uplifting. "We love rain and ice," says Blockbuster manager Jason Bumbard. "People just come out in droves."

Repeat sales on umbrellas have also kept Target employees busy restocking shelves.

"Umbrellas are something we have to keep an eye on during this kind of weather," says Target manager Travis Hill. "You have to make sure you don't run out."

Candles, batteries and flashlights are also popular among buyers. With more rains expected, the potential is there for retailers to earn more profit from rain gear. But those drowning in loss of profit are anxiously waiting for storms to clear.

Kerri Panchuk, reporting.