As flood waters from the
The previous day, a heavy rainstorm caused widespread flooding throughout the
The following Monday, there was still a thin layer of mud in the parking lot and an employee was wiping down the glass on the exterior doors of the Joe
The furniture store wasn't just spared by good fortune, however. Tahan said the business installed flood barriers after previous flooding events.
The barriers, categorized as flood shields by the
A handle is turned to tighten the seal with the brackets and floor, Tahan said. The barriers stop essentially any water from entering, beside a small amount which is easy to mop up, he said.
"We were open the morning after the flooding," Tahan said. "It does prevent catastrophic flooding."
While Tahan did not remember the exact cost of the flood shields, he said they weren't inexpensive but cheaper than the alternative of damaged inventory.
Building coverage includes systems like electrical, plumbing and walk-in freezers. The contents covered include furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment and stock.
For many businesses in the area without flood protections, the
Nowhere else to go
There were cars underwater in the parking lot and three inches in the showroom, Carbone said.
"We worked 48 hours straight," he said. "Got all the water out of it. We had some merchandise damaged, no damage on the bikes."
There was a sale of the damaged merchandise and the store was fully opened by the following Monday, Carbone said.
The floodwaters came from
Despite the problems, Carbone said moving from the
"I can't," he said. "There's no way I can rebuild this and just start over from scratch."
With being able to leave, Carbone said he's going to look at options to mitigate flooding at the Harley-Davidson location. That includes any interior modifications to save as much of the building from water damage as possible.
An early step involved removing all of the carpet in the building, he said.
Businesses and residents affected by the flooding were able to apply for some of the
The funds wouldn't be enough to salvage
"I had three tenants, they moved out because they had a complete loss, too," he said. "So this flood puts us out of business."
Tomaszewski owns the home behind his business plaza on the corner of
It's hard for Tomaszewski to leave, owning properties close to the creek.
"This area is hard to sell," he said. "I put the property for sale about four years and I didn't even have one bite."
During his appearance in
"It's the same areas that are getting flooded over and over and over again," Cuomo said. "We're working to come up with more sustainable situations, more natural infrastructure, hard infrastructure, that can ... hold the water back."
The state will be doing a
"There was tremendous damage," Cuomo said. "And if we can get some federal funding, we'll put state funding together with it and we'll actually reconfigure the community so we can deal with this in the future."
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