Huntington Businesses Clean Up after Flash Flooding

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friday night's flash floods caused the water to rise quickly on streets and inside buildings.

Dozens have now reported water damage.

Latta's owner Mike Mullarky has seen many soggy carpets during his time on the corner of 4th avenue and 15th street, but he says Friday night's flash flooding beat them all.

"The damage to this room came from this sink here it was overflowing here," Mullarky said.

The city's outdated sewer system forced water to bubble up from sinks and toilets and flow inside the door from the streets.

"When the cars come by it's like a wave or wall of water just comes crashing into the door so the water just comes underneath," he said.

So Mullarky's spending his Saturday with a crew from Classic Contruction airing out and cutting away what was damaged, but unfortunately Classic's owner Gary Ward has his own damage to worry about.

"We've got thousands of dollars worth of damage; power tools, building materials that have been damage," Ward said.

Classic's roofing division location was under several inches of water by the end of the night.

"These are ceiling tiles," Ward said about the damaged items. "This particular product was the most expensive product on the market."

Both Classic Construction and Latta's are just some of the many water-logged businesses throughout the city that will now spend days cleaning up after the rain that fell in a matter of minutes.

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