DUNCAN, S.C. (Sept. 15, 2005) — Tire Centers L.L.C. (TCI) has reopened three of its commercial tire centers along the Gulf Coast that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina, but service is limited because electric power in the region has not been restored.
TCI reported that none of its employees in the affected areas was injured.
The three centers—in Bogalusa, La., and Gulfport and Hattiesburg, Miss.—reopened within three days of Katrina's landfall on Aug. 28. In addition, centers in Meridian, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., are still without power, meaning there are no operating phones or computers.
The Harahan, La., location, in the New Orleans area, was not damaged significantly, but it remains closed and TCI said it does not know how soon it might be able to get back into the building.
TCI, the commercial distribution subsidiary of Michelin North America Inc., said it has not yet determined what the long-term impact on its business might be.