Burley’s closed for the day following storm damage

May 9, 2024 | 11:35 am

Updated May 9, 2024 | 11:37 am

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Burley’s Harvest Market lost its porch and roof after last night’s winds and rain. The business is closed for the day, but Owner John Harralson said it plans to open tomorrow if it can be fixed.

Harralson said he has been at the store since 7:30 a.m. assessing and cleaning up damage. When he arrived, the store’s front collapsed and inverted the business’s roof on Hwy 81.

“The winds tore the roof off, so there’s wet insulation. We’ve got to clean that out, but luckily, there’s no drywall in the building; it’s all metal,” Harralson said.

According to Harralson, the rainwater only leaked through the front half of the store.

He said his electrical equipment was not damaged, but some paper-bagged products — like flour and mixes — were damaged.

Business may halt today, but he said they still have strawberries to sell and other produce that will expire if not sold.

“If there’s no rain for a couple of days, we can get some of this junk out of here, dry it up, check our inventory, get it all taken care of and open tomorrow,” Harralson said.

Harralson said this is a typical spring storm for the business. Last spring, the business had a barn on the side of the building that was uprooted during a March storm.

He noted people can stay updated on Facebook on the business’s development.

May 9, 2024 | 11:35 am

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