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More home textiles suppliers share their Hurricane Irene experiences

New York - As power was slowly restored to parts of the Northeast where Hurricane Irene struck this past weekend and flooding started to subside, more home textiles suppliers with offices in the region shared their experiences from the storm with HTT.

Creative Bath Products, which is headquartered in Central Islip, N.Y., "lost only one business day - Monday -- in manufacturing," said president Bob Weiss. Power was restored later that night.
"Friday I was up at Costco Canada in Ottawa, Canada. All the flights were canceled and I had to drive 12 hours home," Weiss continued. "Retail sales were terrible over the weekend, but online shopping was up significantly."

Portland, Maine-based Angela Adams benefitted from the storm's downgrade by the time it reached the designer's offices. Nanette Turner, public relations manager, told HTT the company had "no issues at all from the hurricane. Our expected container is only a couple days late!"

Like many of its fellow N.J.-based home textiles peers, Kas Rugs in Somerset was shut down temporarily "due to the crazy flooding all around our area," said Wendy Reiss, account manager of sales and marketing.

"My poor town's main street was several feet under water," she added, but "Kas' corporate offices did OK. We had some small issues with water, but nothing was damaged and it helps that we are far enough away from the river and canal here in the Somerset/New Brunswick area -- which did get severely flooded -- and up on a hill somewhat."

The company's "biggest issues" on Tuesday, she continued, included still-out power as well as some road blocks caused by the storm.

But, she noted Tuesday, "the sun is brightly shining this entire week, so that helps a lot!"

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