Some Businesses Stay Open Despite Crippling Storm


POSTED: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 1:21pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 8:08pm

EL PASO - The winter storm may have shut down schools and offices all over town - but not some businesses.

"I don't ever remember it being this severe and I've lived here all my life," said Mary Reyes.

But the snow, freezing temperatures, and ice covered roads didn't stop Reyes from heading to work.

She owns Casablanca Flowers on N. Mesa and knew there was no way she could close, even for a snowstorm of historic proportions.

She's been open and ready for business every day since the storm hit Tuesday night.

"On birthdays we'd deliver, funeral services that were not canceled or postponed, we were there. We're very responsible people."

She hasn't lost power yet, but did hit a snag when one of her walk in refrigerators - full of flowers - shut off.

“I'm sure that the snow, ice and water on the roof caused it to malfunction and so it wasn't cooling."

Reyes now just hopes the worst is over and the rolling blackouts plaguing the city stop soon. She can't afford to loose power to one of the coolers because if she does, her flowers won't last long. Her valentines day shipment arrives Monday.

“We're getting 2000 roses. That's a lot of money. I hope to God that everything is fine."

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Major retailers like the malls and WALMART SHOULD close!

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