Oregon businesses say profits getting soaked

Oregon businesses say profits getting soaked

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by Keely Chalmers

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Posted on July 19, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 20 at 9:10 AM

PORTLAND -- House painters and outdoor cafes are among the many Oregon businesses feeling the pinch from all the rain.

Sunday's rainfall broke the July record and heavy rain pelted the Portland Metro area at times on Tuesday, too.  That was preceded by a wetter-than-ever March, April, May and June.

More: Sunday's rain record

A sewage overflow into the Willamette prompted the city to issue an advisory telling folks to stay out of the river.

Benjamin Freebirg, owner of Portland Painting and Restoration said this has been one of the worst summers he can remember.  Not only does he have to juggle painting jobs in between the rain, he said he has to wait for people to get outside and realize they actually need one.

Oaks Amusement Park was also struggling due to rain.  Normally this time of year, during "Two for Tuesday," there would be long lines. But few rides were packed.

Nearby, at Sellwood pool, revenues were down 40 percent due to the un-summer-like conditions.

Even local hardware stores were seeing profits drop after filling the shelves with air conditioners and fans that were not selling like usual.

"We would probably sell by this time of year around 300 fans and air conditioners, but we've sold maybe 25," said Norman Chusid with Ankeny Hardware. He added that sales of garden and yard tools was slow, too.

However, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel - in the form of a ray of sun.  Forecasters were predicting temperatures climbing into the 80s next weekend and beyond.

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