Rainy weather hits local businesses hard

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News 12 First at Five / Thursday, June 27, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Rain, rain and more rain than we've seen in a long time.

And it's started to impact local workers like Tammie Jennings, who's always checking the weather.

"Constantly!" she said. "We're always constantly looking at it on the computer, checking the hourly reports."

Jennings has been in the car washing business for about 15 years and has been manager at the Top Notch Car Wash on Washington Road in Martinez for the past two years.

"Lately, it just seems like, come 3 o'clock, you know it's going to start getting dark," she said. "Come 4 o'clock, the sky is going to drop out."

She says it's a major problem because her place closes at 5 p.m., so everyone ends up losing out on a couple of hours of work a day.

"You're like, 'Wow!' because two hours a day early does definitely cut into that paycheck, especially when you're living paycheck to paycheck like so many people are," Jennings said.

Normally, our area averages about 21 inches of rain by this time of the year. But, so far, we've had about 28 inches. That's about 7 inches more than the average.

"We've been having to do some french drains, collapsed retaining walls [for] people having water erosion problems," said Dustin VanHouse.

VanHouse, owner of Bulldawgs Total Lawn Care, says he and his workers have also been feeling it, too.

"It's been bad for us in a way to where it holds us back to a certain extent," he explained. "Because there's only so many things you can do when the ground is wet."

But both VanHouse and Jennings say their main concern is the customer.

"We have our regulars that come in throughout the day," Jennings said.

"Some of these things are things that the customers just have to take care of," VanHouse said. "It's like an additional unexpected expense. So, in that way, it is sad for the consumer."

They both say business is holding steady enough, although they're definitely seeing major differences compared to other drier years.

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