Local businesses back to work following Saturday morning power outage

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Updated: 7/22/2012 11:30 pm
If you have been craving an iced cole fountain drink all weekend, you can finally quench that thirst, because the boil water notice has officially been lifted.

And businesses couldn't be happier. Sonic employee Daniel Thomas said his biggest concern was disappointing customers.

"Boss called, told me to check on it, and we found out about it," Thomas said, "and we turned on all our ice machines, the slushy machine, got some tea going, you know, because tea is the big thing. A lot of people couldn't get tea, and they came up here and were all happy. I had some customers tell me they had to go to slaton to get some tea."

And Sonic is not the only place known for their tea.

"It has been kind of a doozy though, because we are very famous for our sweet tea," McAllister's in-house manager Sandy Osoria said. "I mean everything went pretty well. Customers have been very understanding, very cooperative. We appreciate that greatly."

We were actually at McAllister's when the boil water notice was lifted, and informed them that they could get things back to the way they were.

"It was kind of amusing," Osorio said, "giving out canned drinks instead of sweet tea, but hey, I guess it's a new experience."

But Osorio said drinks were not the only thing they had to worry about.

"I know it had set us back, because opening yesterday morning, we had to get the ice and everything situated," Osorio said. "We were kind of backed up on potato salad and coleslaw. We need to make that in the morning, as far as everything else, we have just been hydrating everything with bottled water. so just managing dish water differently with clean water that's not lubbock water."

Some businesses chose to completely shut down for the day. And while the ones who stayed open were affected in their own ways, both Osorio and Thomas said they are just glad the weekend is over.

"We were able to handle it pretty good, you know, all the co-workers and everyone has been doing great," Osorio said.

"It dropped our business about thirty percent honestly," Thomas said, "but we just tried to keep up with what we could do, to keep everybody safe."

With an unexpected power outage throwing a kink into things, it is looking like things are finally getting back to normal.
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