Earthquake repairs lead to low supplies at some Anchorage hardware stores
Not surprisingly, the earthquake produced a run on supplies for homeowners looking to clean up or fix up items that were damaged. Some stores shelves are still empty, but others have been replenished more than once.
Jerrod Harvey manages the Home Depot in East Anchorage. Harvey said bottled water was the first thing to go after the quake.
"We went through 24 pallets of water within four hours," Harvey said.
He said the store has most emergency items in stock now, including water, gas cans and generators, but other things may be harder to find. The store is low on water filters, water lines, respirators and hard hats. Many of those items are being unloaded at the port and should be on store shelves by Tuesday morning, Harvey said.
A spokeswoman for Lowe's Home Improvement stores cited a similar situation. Sarah Lively said shoppers are looking for plumbing supplies, flashlights, seismic straps and shelving. She said local stores have a good supply of generators and water but other items, including ceiling tiles, will be on store shelves Wednesday.
A manager at Spenard Builders Supply also said ceiling tiles were hard to find after the quake, but the store is well-stocked with other items. A manager at Alaska Industrial Hardware said his store is also well stocked.
One thing store managers say has not been hard to find is lumber and building supplies. Home Depot manager Harvey said his store never had a big run on most of those items. He believes people are waiting to hear what insurance companies will cover before making serious repairs.
"I expect we'll have more business when the insurance checks start coming in," he said.
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