Employees of some glass companies in Lake Charles, La., returned after evacuating the area to find their buildings destroyed, making the recovery process for homes and businesses even more difficult following Hurricane Laura. The Category 4 hurricane caused major damage in Louisiana last week, killing at least 15 people. Thousands have been impacted by power outages that could take a month or more to fix.

Allied Glass & Mirror Co., a commercial, residential and auto glass company in Lake Charles, has been unable to respond to calls from the community due to damage at its own facility.

“We haven’t gotten the chance to get busy with customers yet because we’re busy cleaning up our own mess. We’re missing a back wall, three bay doors are gone and there are multiple holes in the roof. We’re going to have to do a complete overhaul,” said Marcus Johnson, assistant manager for the company. “We finally cleared our doorways to get our trucks out. We’re hoping to respond to board ups and measurements [today], but life won’t be back to normal anytime soon.”

The building Lake City Glass occupies in Lake Charles also was damaged severely during the storm.

“Our building is currently destroyed and we’re trying to get things in order so that we can get out and start helping people in our community. We were impacted by the hurricane and, to my knowledge, all of our employees are safe at this time,” said a company representative.

[DWM] tried to contact three other glass companies in Lake Charles but their phone lines were not working or disconnected.

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