Coronavirus: Miami Valley residents take shutdown as opportunity for home improvement

Parking lots were full at local home improvement stores Monday, as residents of the Miami Valley rushed to pick up home improvement supplies ahead of Gov. DeWine’s stay-at-home order.

The mandate is to take effect at 11:59 p.m., and many are taking the situation as an opportunity to make changes to their abode.

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Shara Rouch and her family were already in the process of remodeling their home. “We are trying to grab last minute supplies to get us through the next few weeks at least.”

Others were there for a slightly different reason.

Fearing the public’s reaction to the shutdown, Sally Bowen decided to purchase wooden boards to batten down her windows.

“It's going to get nasty. I think when desperation hits, people get desperate so they break in everywhere so imagine in the house.”

Regardless of the reason residents are flocking to Lowe’s and the like, Monday is likely the last day they can get their hands on supplies.

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