Local businesses continue repairs after winter storm

Many local businesses are working to make repairs to water damage and broken pipes after severe weather.
Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 3:11 PM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Local businesses continue dealing with damage caused by the winter weather that hit Texas last week.

The Philips Event Center at Briarcrest is closed until further notice after excessive damage caused by a fire extinguisher sprinkler system occurred on Wednesday.

“The sprinkler system inside burst. It caused water damage essentially throughout the facility,” said Hugh Walker Bryan Deputy City Manager.

Golf is open to members only and will open to the public once a paying system is put in place.

“We can’t accept cash or credit cards, those sort of things we just don’t have a system set up yet,” said Walker “We’re going to have to get set up with a portable of some type, portable restrooms as well so that we can operate for the shorter long term.”

City officials do not have a timeline on when everything will be back up and running. KBTX is told insurance adjusters were out today to assess damage and estimate the cost.

“At this point in time the facility is just not operational and it’s not a safe place to be,” said Walker.

Another local business working to get back open is Painting with a Twist in College Station.

Owner Kim Augsburger says they were forced to close on one of their busiest days of the year, Valentine’s Day.

“We canceled all of our classes, we turned the heat up and left that day and then we came back Wednesday to check on everything,” said Augsburger.

Augsburger says it wasn’t until later Wednesday that problems occurred.

“Water was spewing out of the back of the toilet, just spewing all the way up to the ceiling. We had ceiling tiles down and six feet of water in here,” said Augsburger.

A week later plumbers were still working on repairs in hopes of opening back up Tuesday evening.

Augsburger says the winter storm was a cherry on top of the last year of COVID-19 struggles.

“The community helps us to forge forward. We’re no different than any other business in that we’re all trying to survive this new world,” said Augsburger.

In the meantime, Painting with a Twist is offering take home paint kits.

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