Video: Virginia lumberyard hit with major flooding

A video from Blevins Building Supply in Galax, Va. shows significant flood damage.

It will be two months before Blevins Building Supply in Galax, Va. opens its sales floor again to customers after the store sustained major damage due to torrential flooding.

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After near record flooding hit the area Sept. 8, the Belvins Building Supply location that was recently purchased by US LBM’s Parker Lumber has operated out of an office upstairs from the sales floor. The company is still selling lumber and building supplies to an area that was since hit by remnants of Hurricane Florence, but retail sales are on hold until a rebuild.

“It happened late in the night on a Saturday (Sept. 8),” said Randy Miller, District Manager for the company. “It was an unbelievable mess. We’re just thankful that the store was closed at the time. You can replace inventory, but you can’t replace lives.”

His inventory will indeed be replaced, Miller said. Insurance will cover 100% of the cost of the inventory lost on the sales floor and in the connected warehouse.

“We’re working now to get back up and running,” he said. Miller added that the store is going through a re-merchandising process already with Do it Best Corp., so if there’s a silver lining in the situation, beyond the fact that no one was injured, it’s that Miller and his team were already planning to come back bigger and better in the near future.