Builders' Merchants News

The big freez-ey

Published:  05 January, 2010

NEW ORLEANS: Supplies to protect pipes were highly sought after yesterday, especially in parts of the city with older houses.

Hardware stores reported steady streams of customers seeking coverings for exposed pipes, firewood, heaters and plastic sheeting to protect plants, according to Eyewitness News.

For merchants, brisk sales translated to the need to keep supplies in store.

However, employees in hardware stores in areas hardest hit by hurricane Katrina reported that business is not up significantly at this point: homes were rebuilt in those areas with better protection for pipes.