UPDATE: Downtown Businesses Clean Up After Heavy Rains

By: Jennifer Black Email
By: Jennifer Black Email

May 29, 2010

A clogged storm drain was the cause of so many headaches Friday night on the downtown mall, according to the City of Charlottesville.

Water rushed down the street rather than into the storm drains, causing problems for businesses on the side streets like Cappellino's Crazy Cakes. The business suffered water damage, but was back open Saturday.

City officials say public works crews were out on the Downtown Mall Saturday morning clearing out the drains so that flooding won't happen again.


May 28, 2010

The heavy rains in Charlottesville Friday night forced the cancellation of Fridays After Five. Charlottesville Pavilion managers cited safety concerns for pulling the plug on the weekly tradition.

"Bottom line is the stage is just soaking wet, and at that point it's not safe for the musicians. Electricity and water just aren't a good combination," said Charlottesville Pavilion General Manager, Kirby Hutto.

Friday's headlining band, "Indecision," was asked to come back to play the show at a later date.

A few businesses owners, just a few blocks from the pavilion, saw minor flooding and water damage in their buildings.

Frank Cappellino if Cappellino's Crazy Cakes described what he saw from inside his shop Friday night, "It was like looking at a river, there was so much water it was just incredible," said Cappellino.

"It just poured in here, not only that, but we have water damage form the ceiling, water damage on the wall."

Cappellino says the city put a grate right outside the door of his shop. He says it's ineffective. Last year, heavy rain poured in through a crack in the wall after it buckled.

Cappellino said he had to shut his shop down two hours early Friday night to clean up the mess the rain left behind.

"It's gonna be a long night for me. I'm worried about what's gonna happen. Whether there's gonna be a smell here, there's no telling what's gonna happen in the weeks to come," said Cappellino.

Cappellino's business partner called the property owner of their building Friday night, and says they will be by early Saturday morning to assess the damage.

CBS 19 tried reaching someone from the city of Charlottesville Friday night for comment, but did not hear back.

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