No time on when NW side Safeway will reopen - Tucson News Now

No time on when NW side Safeway will reopen

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Damage to the deli section of the store (Source: Bryan Navarro) Damage to the deli section of the store (Source: Bryan Navarro)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Safeway store at Thornydale and Linda Vista is cleaning up this morning after Thursday's monsoon. 

The store is in the middle of cleanup and will be closed down for an unknown amount of time, how much time is not known yet.  There is a lot of damage inside the store, according to store representatives.

Pipes in the attic space were dealing with more force and flow then they were designed for that they disconnected.

All the water that was being drained from the roof came down to the ceiling, where the panels soaked through quickly, became too heavy to stay up and fell to the floor.  Most of the damage was contained to the deli area, according to store representatives, but there was still an inch or more of water throughout the store. 

Customers and employees were evacuated from the building, and according to Northwest Fire officials no injuries were reported.

Power was shut off to the building as a precaution, but not just to the store.  According to Tucson Electric Power 360 homes were without power, as of 9:45 p.m. Thursday night.  Work by TEP crews continued through the night until all power was restored. 

As for what comes next, damage to the store is estimated at $10,000 according to store representatives.  Replacements need to be finished up, and then health and safety inspections conducted before the Safeway is again reopened.

No word on when that will be.

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