New round of storms causing problems for Bay Area businesses reeling from COVID-19 pandemic

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (KGO) – In the North Bay, approaching storms are welcome news for the California water situation, but they do present some wet challenges for local businesses.

Constant rain slowed commuting on Thursday afternoon on Highway 101.

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Hours later, Goodman’s Mill Valley hardware store had gotten a leak.

The bucket brigade needed for this roof leak next to the aisle, which ironically sold rainwear and leak repairs.

“It’s a patch job that we apparently can never fix,” said employee Marcus Bartholomew.

“A 60 by 40 tarpaulin, four rolls of felt paper,” said Tony Quevedo.

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Repairman Tony Quevedo rushed to take care of an emergency roof repair in San Francisco.

“This is the only way we can stop the water, the roof is exposed,” he said

The last storm, the first in a row, kept some of the outside guests away.

The Gravity Tavern managers were determined to keep any reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner.

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“We can be creative when we have to buy tarpaulin, it wouldn’t be the first time we manage to hold up umbrellas when we have to,” said General Manager Seaira Truppelli.

The storms are welcome news for the water authorities, but it won’t be enough to get us out of the drought conditions. You are asking customers to save now.

“At the moment our reservoirs make up 57 percent of the storage capacity, normally it is 84 percent. So we have a lot of catching up to do,” said Jeanne Belding, Marin Water spokeswoman.


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