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Increased rains impact outdoor business

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It's more rain than we're used to seeing in this region, and while parts of the day have given us a break from the weather, businesses that depend on clear skies are feeling the impact.

There are plenty of professions that see the benefit when severe weather strikes.  Flooding and water damage restoration for one, and auto body collision repair for another.  But all of this extra rain is throwing a wrench into the daily operation of business that usually does well during the summer.

Goo-Goo Express Car Wash district manager Travis Alson said he's counting on the regular customers who come in every week no matter what.

 "Obviously, a business like ours, we thrive when the sun is shining, but with no shortage of rainy and cloudy days for the past couple months, it would be fair to say that we've seen less traffic," said Alston. "But, the benefit of our business model and the benefit to our customers is, you can get your car washed for six bucks. That has got to be the cheapest, most affordable form of maintenance you can buy for your car."

Logic dictates that more rain equals more grass to cut.  But for landscapers, there needs to be enough dry days in between to get the work done.  One of the owners of Outdoor Solutions in Columbus said he's been asking his employees to work at irregular times to keep up.

"The additional rainfall this year has brought on some challenges.  We've been working into the weekends and late hours during the day," said Tony Villegas. "Most of our customers have been very understanding with the additional rainfall. We've been fortunate enough to maintain all those weekly agreements that we have with our customers both residential and commercial, and been able to fulfill those obligations."

On the plus side, Villegas said the demand for services like additional plantings and installations has increased as the temperature has been cool enough to do these jobs before autumn.

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