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Southern storms could impact building supplies Featured

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ORRINGTON - States in the paths of Harvey and Irma will soon begin rebuilding. But are those southern storms having an impact on construction materials right here in Maine?

"Everyone in a panic mode, it makes it hard," said Tim Bernard, owner of Crescent Lumber Company.

Southern states are beginning to rebuild. Demand for construction materials is rising as many work to restore their homes and businesses.

And now, the effects being felt all the way here in Maine.

"We do a lot with sheeting goods, whether it's plywood, OSB, and they are very hard to get right now," Bernard said.

Bernard says last week when he went to buy lumber and plywood for his store, the company that makes the product had pulled it off the market.

"They wanted to see what this hurricane did," Bernard said.

Bernard says the materials are back on the market, now more expensive than before.

"This morning I was able to buy some a few weeks out, so it's looking better. You just have to get your wallet out," said Bernard.

Material prices may be changing as a result of restoration efforts down south, but Bernard says there are other factors in play as well.

"We've had a hard market all year long with the Canadians and the tariff charges, changed to 26% just to start out," said Bernard.

We reached out to managers of other construction supply companies that tell us they haven't seen any immediate price changes caused by the hurricanes.

Bernard says despite the changes he's seen, business has remained steady.

"People understand it, it's a natural cause. It's nothing that we did, mother nature did it to us again," said Bernard. "We still can get product, might be a little bump in the road but we'll be all set."

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!