The recent winter blast caused significant damage around the state, but the ice itself wasn’t what destroyed several ceiling panels and soaked carpet at Robin’s downtown.


The recent winter blast caused significant damage around the state, but the ice itself wasn’t what destroyed several ceiling panels and soaked carpet at Robin’s downtown.

Melting of the ice mass on the roof of the Robin’s building made the business close its doors for several days following the early Spring storm.

“I’m just thankful my store wasn’t completely destroyed,” said Robin Forpahl, owner.
“I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.”

The building’s flat-style roof, weak guttering, strong winds and an increase in temperatures on Saturday afternoon contributed to the destruction.

“The guttering was twisted, probably from the strong winds and water was trapped,” explained Forpahl.

An upper floor used for storage was also damaged.

Forpahl arrived at her store early in the evening hours Saturday to find ceiling tiles in shambles.

“Service Master has been here for two days working full-throttle,” she said.

“We’re trying to get everything dried out.”

Forpahl said with the temporary closing of Robin’s, she’s lost thousands in sales, but one shopper just wouldn’t say no Monday.

“She wouldn’t take no for an answer,” Forpahl remarked.

The drying-out process for the store is requiring six fans and four dehumidifiers, just on the bottom-storefront level.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all,” said Forpahl.

The water had caused more damage than Forpahl has experienced in prior storms.

“I have faith,” she added. “It’s really strange how every ceiling tile that fell missed important items.”
Forpahl said four items were a total loss in addition to ceiling tiles and carpet.

“Some of my window display props were damaged,” she said.

“But we want to invite everyone in on Thursday.”

The store will be re-opening Thursday for regular hours of operation.

Forpahl estimates clean-up and preparation after Service Master completes their part will require at least a full day’s work.

“I just feel blessed we’re only going to be closed until Thursday,” Forpahl added.

“We want to invite everyone in opening day for our lunch and Thursday specials.”