Rain beneficial to producers, repair shops

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Updated: 5/01/2012 3:15 am

Vehicle and home repair shops are going to profit handsomely from the damage caused by the weather.

Presto Hail Lifters, a damage repair shop, is swamped with customer inquiries.    

"I started getting phone calls since 7:00 a.m. Ever since then it has been ringing off the hook. It's been quiet for right now but it's going to continue to be really, really busy," Kathy Rodriguez, Presto owner said.  

"The money that is going to be generated from this damage is going to boost the Lubbock economy," Ray Maldonado, a Presto Dent Repair specialist said.  

Rodriguez suggested hiring local businesses to do repairs.

Meanwhile, home and vehicle owners took a beating in Slaton, but agricultural producers are buoyed by the storm's moisture. Some of those previously parched fields now look like small lakes.

Craig Heinrich, President of Plains Cotton Growers, said despite hail damage to irrigation pipe farmers are grateful for the downpour.

"The moisture is wonderful,” Heinrich said. “It's pretty much a godsend, to get a planting rain at the end of April. Sometimes you have to take a little bad with the good with the hail that we received with it, but it's always a welcome rain."

Heinrich said the timing of the storm was beneficial because very little seed is in the ground right now, and moisture is most appreciated close to planting.

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