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Gaithersburg Businesses Begin Cleaning Up After Storms

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Along Brookes Avenue in Olde Town, trees block the streets. Power lines are tangled around cars. Surprisingly, some of the most heavily damaged streets have power.

Nancy Hendershot says she has electricity and phones. But because of power lines on the street, and trees blocking the road, her customers can't get to the office.

"As a financial planning firm, we have 13 people that work in our building," Hendershot says. "They don't have access to forms and paperwork."

Next door, a tree destroyed a good portion of Dr. Tom Glass's dentist office.

"It's hard, and you realize you aren't going to be able to operate for a while," Dr. Glass says.

There's water and debris on the floor, a giant hole in the attic, and some of his equipment is damaged.

He's had to cancel appointments, and hopes his patients understand.

"We've been getting a lot of helpful and sympathetic phone calls," he says. "I've been hugged by pretty women I don't even know saying how sorry they are to see the damage to my office."

Clean up outside, could take days. But inside, "Holy cow, it's a lot of work," he says, "I would guess it's going to take weeks to months to get back to where we need to be."



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