Chain saws – well, saws of any type, really – shovels and generators are in high demand in Casper, as folks clean up from last week's snowstorm and prepare for the early winter season.
Chain saws – well, saws of any type, really – shovels and generators are in high demand in Casper, as folks clean up from last week’s snowstorm and prepare for the early winter season.
Clerks described empty shelves at local hardware stores Tuesday and said they’re waiting for new inventory to arrive. Meanwhile on the Internet, you can find anything – for a price. Elsewhere, life is returning to normal for those affected by the record-breaking storm. Insurance claims are being filed and the power is coming back on.
On Tuesday, someone who was identified as living in Gillette posted an online adwith a picture of a shiny red Multi-Power brand generator rated at 6500 Watts and seeking $5,000 or the best offer for it.
The price is "a bit high" according to Vicki James, who works in customer service at The Home Depot on Second Street.
The Casper store sold generators priced from $299 to $700 — when they were in stock over the weekend, James said. Online, the Home Depot sells a 7,500-watt Multi-Power generator for $1,199.
Selling even faster than generators are chain saws, which had disappeared from store shelves by 8:30 a.m. Friday, James said. A new shipment arrived Tuesday morning and was gone in hours. Ditto with chain saw lubricants and chains.
People began to substitute for chain saws. They bought pull saws and reciprocating saws with pruning saw blades, James said.
“We sold out of anything that could chop up tree limbs or branches,” said Connie Bailey of Baileys Ace Hardware.
People bought snow shovels from Ace on Thursday night, before the snow even started falling, she said.
State Farm agent Mike Lougee said his office is busy with claims.
“The majority of the damages that are claim-related are damage to roofs, awnings, gutters, some siding,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of power lines that have been knocked down [onto houses and buildings]. Some electrical services have been pulled away from the home.”
Trees have also damaged some vehicles, he said.
By Tuesday, 856 customers were without power in the Casper area. The outages were scattered over more than 200 different locations, Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Jeff Hymas said. The outages have occurred throughout the weekend, mostly when trees collapsed on lines.