California Earthquake Puts Window Businesses on ReboundAugust 25th, 2014 by Editor
Fenestration shops in Napa County, Calif., are picking up the pieces in their homes and businesses today after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake rippled through the area over the weekend.
The earthquake struck Sunday morning at 3:24 a.m. PDT, with its epicenter just four miles northwest of the city of American Canyon and five miles south of Napa, according to the U.S. Geology Survey. Napa reportedly absorbed the hardest hit from the earthquake, which was the largest the Bay Area had seen in nearly 25 years.
Webster Window and Door office manager Angelina Schmidt walked into her Napa glass and glazing business Sunday to find “stuff everywhere” in the office and ample damage in the warehouse. If there is a silver lining for Webster, it’s that “we’re lucky we didn’t have a lot of windows to replace in the warehouse,” says Schmidt.
The company spent Sunday working to clean up its respective businesses.
“A friend of ours came in to help us; everyone has been helping everyone—that’s how it’s been,” says Schmidt.
She says the company is working to accommodate for its own employees while helping shore up structures throughout the community.
“Most of our employees have damaged homes,” says Schmidt. “We’re down a lot of people. That’s the hardest part, trying to make everyone’s schedule work … Everything is still kind of up in the air.”
At American Window Systems in Napa, Ca., Roberta Joverina says they’ve received a few calls in regards to people’s homes but most are dealing with commercial glass damage.
“People are calling about broken glass,” she says. “We [do] have a guy who has had a patio door shifted and we need to go fix that, but other than that, we haven’t had that many [calls].”
The Napa County Board of Supervisors and Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the county Sunday, which remained in place Monday.
“The health and safety of our residents and those visiting our county continues to be our top priority,” Mark Luce, chairman of the Napa County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement Monday. “County officials remain dedicated to providing emergency and other necessary services as we recover from this incident together.”
As the community works to get itself back to normal, shops continue to sort out their schedule of projects as the list continues to grow.