Straight Winds Damage Fish Bait Store

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  1. TxEMTP69

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    http://www.kristv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11386257


    ARANSAS PASS - Heavy winds on Sunday caused some major damage to a popular bait stand in Aransas Pass.
    The owners of the Fin and Feather are trying to figure out how to pay for the damage and how to keep looters out. All of the damage is going to cost shop owners $20,000 to fix, including replacing plumbing and electrical wiring.
    One more thing they are worrying about is people helping themselves to items without paying.
    "It all happened in about two minutes, three minutes and it was all over and done," Virgil Conner, owner of Fin and Feather, said.
    "It just hit like that. I mean, it didn't give us any warning or anything," part-owner Sharon Conner said.
    Conner said he had no idea that two or three minutes of Sunday's passing storm would leave him with $20,000 worth of damage.
    "All the plumbing's gone. You can see everything left and went into the parking lot...it's all gone," Conner said.
    Conner also said, right now, he's devising a plan to pay for all the damage.
    "We're going to have to replace an electrical panel, when it cooked this off, it took all the electrical with it and all the plumbing...everything," Conner said.
    Conner added that there used to be roof with crabwire going across but now there's nothing left.
    Surveillance video of the room shows part of the fence starting to blow away. The strong winds eventually knocked out the camera.
    "You just heard this loud whoosh sound and that was the roof, and you heard it flip-flop and come off into the parking lot and then the power went out," Conner said.
    In addition to repairing the wiring, the plumbing and fixing the water damage, Conner has also put up signs and caution tape to ward off any potential looters until he's back open. He also said being closed for any period of time in this economy is not good for his business.
    "We'll lose this week, but hopefully we'll be back up by Friday," Conner said.
    Though Conner said it will be pricey to fix the shop back up, he's glad his family is safe.
    "We're just glad nobody got hurt, it isn't anything we can't repair," Conner said.
    A national weather service investigator was also out here Monday. He calculates Sunday night's winds were at least 70 miles per hour
     


  2. TxEMTP69

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    The video shows the aftermath, pieces everywhere
     
  3. okie556

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    Sad news! The wife and I are planning a trip to that area (Rockport) for Thanksgiving weekend. Guess I better call the place we are staying to see if they had any damage.
     
  4. MadMo44Mag

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    Dam!!!
    Wish him luck!
     
  5. Big country

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    That sucks. I hope they get it fixed so they can get the money rolling in again. Hey maybe he should put up a sign that says "looters will be shot on sight" or something to that effect you know like the TGT yard sign.
     
  6. Texas1911

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    70 MPH winds should not have done anything to that building if it were up to code. Anything built remotely near the coast has a wind loading of 130 - 150 MPH. When the buildings are built we spec out tie-downs and hurricane clips for all the framing to ensure they can withstand the uplift from winds.

    This building was not built to code.
     
  7. TxEMTP69

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    That was a lil shack on the water in Aransas Pass, if you are staying in a building you should be fine. Where in Rockport, thats where I'm at?
     
  8. TxEMTP69

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    what cracks me up is the "its gonna cost me $20,000 to fix it up" line.
     
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    :(Well we had intended to stay at a place call Drifters Resort. Were going to stay in one of their cabins as this was to be a scouting trip for when I retire (end of December) and we plan to go to the coast to stay a month or so when the weather is cold here in East Texas. Bad news is I called about an hour ago to reseserve room and they would not honor their Fall Special advertised on their web site. Stay 2-nights and get third free......just mention the ad. The owner said it was valid during holidays. I nicely reminded her to check her web site and there was no mention of holiday blackout and...........even if this was the case.....they plainly had all 2009 Holidays listed and Thanksgiving was not listed. She explained this was an error on their part.........would change their web page but still would not honor the advertised deal. Normally I would have blown up but decided to just be nice and tell her thanks but be could stay in a local brand name hotel for less than the $89.00 per night..........since the 3rd night wasn't free. She lost more business than just this Thanksgiving trip as now not only will I find another place to stay in our RV but my brother and sisters family will as well. Guess we'll just stay at a Holiday Inn Express or Hampton in the area as I am a Diamond Member at both. We'll use the hotel as home base and look around for another campground.
     
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