Ringgold business owner still hoping for answers, six weeks after flooding
Tuesday marks six weeks since a storm flooded out several businesses on Nashville Street in Ringgold. Caffeine Addicts coffee shop was one of the hardest hit.
After weeks of repairs, the shop is barely recognizable. They have all new floors, sheet rock, baseboards and paint. That all had to be done after the flood left the shop starting from the ground up.
Co-owner Denni Thomas says since the storm, she and other business owners have been waiting for the next shoe to drop.
“When it rains it scares all of us business owners down here,” she said. “Until we get a solution to find out exactly what’s going on.”
Thomas says she’s almost ready to reopen. But the six weeks without business have been long for her and her employees.
“Of course, not having an income for six weeks. We’ve had to try and figure out what to do with our employees,” Thomas said. “Because they’ve been out of work for six weeks.”
The city has been at work too. They’re looking to find out if drainage issues are to blame for the flooding. Councilman Kelly Bomar says that’s why they’ve brought in CTI Engineers.
"It was kind of an act of God type event, it doesn't happen really at all,” Bomar said. “But if there is anything the city can do to prevent it from happening we'd at least like to take a look and see."
City officials say the study will cost $12,000, and it aims to solve the problem for good. Thomas is hopeful it will do just that.
“I hope that we can find out exactly what is causing the problem so that it doesn’t happen again,” she said.
Bomar says they hope to have some results from the study in a few weeks.