May 19, 2014
Several businesses in Charlottesville's McIntire Plaza are still cleaning up after last week's rain caused widespread damage.
Business owners say the plaza used to flood frequently, but an underground waterway was fixed about five years ago. Friday's flooding was the first major problem they've seen since that time.
Multiple businesses put up the flood gates at their front door, but water still seeped inside during the storm.
ReThreads had to close Friday and Saturday -- the used clothing store's two busiest days -- so crews could tear up the wet carpet.
Owner Melissa Meece says there was about an inch of standing water inside her store and even more making its way down the road outside.
"I know the water line outside the building showing where the debris had been flowing down the street was around six inches. So, you figure, if there was basically a river outside your door and it was six inches high, at least an inch got in," she said.
Neighboring stores with flooding experience helped Meece's team elevate their furniture and get items off the ground to minimize water damage.
She says customers have also been very understanding of their situation, as they work to replace the floor.