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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.

Blue Jeans Become Insulation For Habitat For Humanity

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Scott Roewer has collected 657 pairs of jeans. It's more than enough to insulate a Habitat for Humanity house.

Roewer has been keeping the jeans in the living room of his condo.

"I'm 5-foot-11, and you can see how tall this wall goes," Rower says. The jeans tower over his head by a couple feet.

Scott started collecting jeans on Earth Day in April. It's part of a national effort to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

"They use the denim for insulation," he says.

Roewer bagged up the jeans and took them to Habitat for Humanity in Gaithersburg.

Adeela Abbasi, Habitat for Humanity, says Scott donated enough to insulate a 1,300 square foot house. And he raised cash to pay for freight shipping costs.

The jeans will travel from Gaithersburg to Brownsville, Texas, where they will be transformed into their original cotton fiber state.

Then to Phoenix, Arizona where it will be turned into eco-friendly insulation.