Ringgold recovering from downtown flooding after heavy storm
Water, rushing in – that’s what Dewayne May says Nashville Street businesses faced last night after a fast and heavy storm flooded the strip.
“A ton of water so fast, the water had nowhere to go,” May said. “So I don’t know if it’s a drain issue or what, but it was a large amount of water all here at one time.”
May says today his business and others are doing ok, thanks to the community.
“Everybody knew pretty quickly, we contacted each other and everybody started pitching in. Very good community effort by everybody including our politicians,” May said.
Those politicians included City Councilman Kelly Bomar, who saw the flooding first-hand last night.
“As soon as they opened the door, water just flooded out like a river. I mean you could tell just from the flashlight it was inches deep,” Bomar said.
Now that the waters have cleared, the businesses are working to clean up.
McCracken Poston owns one of the buildings on Nashville Street, and he's asking how this could have happened.
“It was kind of a freakish stalled storm,” Poston said. “But at the same time that alone wouldn’t account for the water getting this high without some backflow from these drains.”
Poston thinks there was some kind of blockage in the main drain behind his building.
Bomar says the city is taking a look, snaking the drains with cameras to see what happened.
“They were going to get ready and kind of snake the drains and see if something is blocked,” he said.
“You know, unfortunately I don’t know that we’ll ever know if something was blocked. I know there was a little over two inches of rain in less than an hour and it seemed like there was just a monsoon cloud over downtown Ringgold.”
As they wait for answers, even the owners of the hardest hit shops, like Home Plate, are reopening and moving on.
“I think the fact that we were here when it happened, we were able to mitigate the water,” May said. “So we’ll probably be able to bounce back the quickest.”