Closing the freezer door

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST - Despite the power outages, owners of local convenience stores are protecting their goods.

Mike's Drive-Thru and Convenience lost power just before closing shop Monday night at 10 p.m. Owner Mike LeBlanc says he wasn't surprised the power still hadn't come back on by 7:30 Tuesday morning, thanks to an ice storm throughout the province.
"When we lost power (Monday), I first checked all of our coolers to make sure they were shut tight," LeBlanc said just after getting a generator powered up Tuesday at lunchtime.
"My biggest concern though was the basement."
LeBlanc said the basement had started to flood Monday evening and the sump pump wasn't working without power. Upon arrival the next morning, LeBlanc says there were eight to 10 inches of water in the basement, almost reaching the sump pump's motor.
"I was able to borrow a couple of generators, so we hooked those up and got the sump pump working. We just made it," LeBlanc said.
The store is home to a number of coolers with ice cream novelties and dairy products. LeBlanc also has an ice freezer stored with frozen foods and other items.
"I don't want to look to see if anything's already thawed. We're hooking up the coolers to the generators, but it's been fairly cool in here to begin with."
If any product is lost, LeBlanc is confident the products will be covered through insurance.
Just around the corner, the Highland Market was in the same boat.
"There's not much we're doing with the freezers other than keeping them closed," said owner Roddy Wood.
While some of the product such as meat is still out in the display area, Wood says things are still cool, "it's almost as cold in the store as it is in the cooler."
Wood says the store may lose a few items, but those items will be replaced.

Geographic location: AMHERST

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