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Longview business see 'the hurricane boom'

With thousands of south Texas evacuees in east Texas, it's no surprise that Ike is bringing in the money for local businesses, and has increased spending in our area. KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley shows us 'the hurricane boom'.


The sound of sizzle at the Waffle House means business is booming.

"Gotta a lot of people coming in and out all hours of the night...24 hours a day," said Kevin Barnes, the Waffle House unit manager. "I love it...it makes more money for me. The more people come in the more money I make. I doubled my truck order this week and last week and I got extra people coming on try to keep every shift staffed as much as we can."

Since Hurricane Ike, The Waffle House has been serving lots of Houston evacuees like the Smith family.

"We just decided to get out and get around because we were in the car for seven hours yesterday," said Erin Smith, an evacuee from League City.

Restaurants aren't the only hopping businesses.

"Every time a major storm like this comes through it just gets crazy around here," said Brant Brantley, the owner of Skinner's Market.

At the market you can fill up your tank, and fill up your shopping cart too.

"People are stocking up on bread, water, and milk...you can see people are stocking up on meat right now," said Brantley.

Skinner's has been so swamped they ran out gas, but not for long.

"We have it right now and I don't know how long it's going to last...people were lined up at the pumps just as soon as we got it in," said Brantley.

At Lowe's batteries and flashlights are hot items.

But that's not all - they're also out of generators.

Mark Keller says Lowe's phone has been ringing off the hook.

"Lot of phone calls and inquires about generators. That's the question everybody has..people want to know are there any more coming so the company is working hard to get what they can," said Keller.

Lowe's says they're working to try and get more generators but when they'll get them is a mystery.

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