Ride services, car rental facilities busy after massive hail storm

Impact of hail storm is wide spread
Posted at 6:56 PM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 20:56:30-04

DENVER -- This week’s massive hail storm isn’t just impacting auto and homeowners. Ride services such as Lyft are experiencing a surge.

The company has seen a 20 percent growth in rides this Monday from the Monday prior, a spokeswoman for the ride-sharing company told Denver7.

"Most people are saying their windshields are damaged and they can't drive so they have to get Lyfts everywhere all around town," said driver Jason Brown.

It's a new demand that may have caused Bob Freyer to wait a bit longer than usual for a car.

"How is the wait time today compared to other times?” asked Denver7 reporter Marc Stewart. “It seems a little bit longer...-- little bit longer than its been. Usually it's only about a minute or two waiting out of Union Station,” said Freyer. “And today?” asked Stewart.  “About five so far," said Freyer.

Car rental lots are also busy.

A spokeswoman from Enterprise Holdings says more vehicles are being moved into the Denver market due to the demand. Enterprise operates National, Alamo and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The company anticipates it will have added more 2,500 vehicles because of the need.