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Greenville Business Continues Clean Up After Damaging Storm

By Jane Slater, CBS 11 News
(Credit: Derek Price, heraldbanner.com)

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GREENVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – Greenville’s newly built Braum’s restaurant had its roof ripped off during a sudden wind microburst Friday afternoon. On Saturday, the clean up was well underway.

“A crew arrived late last night and started first thing this morning and been going every since,” said Phil Cogburn , Braum’s regional supervisor.

Video from Chopper 11 Friday showed many restaurants and businesses along Wesley Street in Greenville were hit hard Friday by straight line winds. The Braum’s restaurant took the brunt of the storm.

Its roof was intact at 9 p.m. Saturday and the city code inspector gave the business the go-ahead to open their doors again Sunday.

“First thing in the morning at 6 a.m.,” Cogburn said.

Store manager Laurie Reese already returned to work well ahead of the doors re-opening as she prepared the store for customers.

Shelves were re-stacked, spoiled food tossed away and chairs, counters and furniture dried of heavy rain damage.

Many credit Reese with getting the 50 or so customers and employees to safety in the milk room while the storm passed.

She still said she can’t help but marvel that no one was seriously hurt.

“Children…elderly… it’s amazing,” Reese said.