HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY - In addition to the hardships on municipal crews, and of course folks at home, the weekend's water threat cost some area businesses one-to-two days worth of sales.
The effects were wide-reaching. Grocery stores felt it, bigger restaurants felt it, and maybe most of all-- the smaller ones-- where just a day's loss can be a major setback.
After all, without water, you can't make coffee. And when coffee's the bulk of your business, you can't open up.
"We had to be responsible for our customers to assume that the threat was real," said Lynne Straw.
She's the general manager of Allegheny Street Coffee Company in downtown Hollidaysburg. With the Halloween parade passing right in front of the store, Saturday could have been their busiest day ever. Instead, they had to stay closed.
Straw estimates that cost them up-to $1,000 in sales.
"Really disappointed because, I mean, we are new to the neighborhood, we're trying to get our foot in the door," Straw said. "So we have to take our steps as best we can and we missed a pretty big one."
Calbin Russell from Dave's Dream in Hollidaysburg said Saturday and Sunday could very easily be half of the sales of the whole week. Having to shut down for the weekend cost the restaurant more than thousands of dollars in sales.
"Just all the employees that have to suffer over it, and the business as a whole," said Russell. "Still gotta pay your bills. They're still coming in."
Blair County Emergency Management is still adding up all the costs of coordinating response efforts. The Altoona Water Authority is still adding up the costs of overtime and flushing one million gallons of water from the lines.
Both Russell and Straw are looking into the possibility of recouping some of their losses through insurance coverage.
"We'll just hope to recover through the next few weeks. Our holiday season is starting to pick up anyway," said Straw.
"I just hope it never happens again," Russell said.
Everybody we talked to Monday-- from businesses to residents to emergency services to police-- said they feel like, despite the challenges and hardships, the threat situation was handled appropriately.