IDLEYLD PARK, Ore.— As evacuation notices are lifted in Douglas County, some businesses along Highway 138 are starting to open back up.
The Idleyld Trading Post and Deli in Idleyld Park reopened their doors Saturday after being evacuated for two weeks. The owner told KEZI 9 News that they abruptly shut down on Sept. 9 after they went into level three evacuation.
“We sort of resigned ourselves to the fact that the store may not be standing in the morning,” said owner Eric Sohn. “And that was really difficult.”
Once the evacuation order was lifted in Idleyld Park last week, Sohn said they cleaned up the store as quickly as they could to get it reopened.
However, he said they lost a lot of product.
“The power went out for quite some time and we’re not sure for how long,” said Sohn. “To be safe, we had to soil out quite a bit of stock, especially all of the deli.”
Even though the summer is winding down, Sohn said they normally get a lot of traffic during the fall. However, he’s expecting a slow season because of all the damage on Highway 138.
“It’s going to impact our business pretty heavily we expect,” said Sohn. “We’re seeing it already. Even though we’re seeing people back here, we’re not seeing a huge flow of traffic.”
However, many customers told KEZI 9 News that they’re grateful the Idleyld Trading Post is still standing.
“It would've been devastating (to lose it),” said Bailey Mermen. “Especially to everyone who has lived around here for a long time.”