Decatur business cleans up after rain causes flooding, damage could be close to $100,000

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) --  Cleanup continues this week in Decatur after flooding hit the area hard on Sunday afternoon. The flash floods brought several inches of water into the Superior Carpet building on 14th street.  The building suffered extensive damage to its showroom and the owners tell us the inventory took a big hit.  The rain water ruined all kinds of wood and flooring products the business sells.

"It got in our store, another 3 and a half inches or so throughout the whole 10,000 square foot building," said Celeste Smith, the owner of Superior Carpet.

Employees worked hard to clean up the mess on Sunday night. Sadly, this wasn't their first rodeo.

"We had gone through this last fourth of July, the same problem," said Smith. "We were kind of devastated when we pulled up and here it is again."

Just like last time, the owners have already filed a claim with the City of Decatur. In 2013, their claim was denied. They contacted city officials on Monday and  both Mayor Don Kyle and City Engineer Mark Petersohn made a stop by the business to check out the damage.

"We have been in this building almost 25 years and for it to happen in one year two times, there's definitely a problem," said Smith.

The owners said insurance will not cover the cost of the damage. It will have to be an out of pocket expense.  "It's going to be hard to sleep at night every time it rains or some kind of flash flood comes up," she said.  "It's going to be real hard to sleep at night. I guess we'll have to come up here, sandbag the doors, waterproof our building. You know, I don't know what we're going to do."

Mark Petersohn told WHNT News 19 that his department will be reevaluating the drainage system in that area. However, he said the cause of the flooding was likely due to the high nature of the river.


  • Nuclear Mike

    Yes, Decatur City Planners have not properly planned to manage their drainage & sewer runoff and blaming the river level for the loss of elevation that allows an inadequately maintained & designed drainage & sewer runoff thru Decatur is not acceptable. Other neighborhoods had their streets, yards, houses, buildings and roads flooded to 2 feet in places and 1 inch of rain in a short time should have not produced this intense local flooding. Sewage was washing thru the neighborhoods along with garbage cans and debris.
    The City Planners are to blame here. You had to see it in person to realize the acreage that was flooded.

  • ac

    Yes Mark Petersohn is the dumbest person I have ever tried to talk to. I am an actual Mechanical Engineer and I think this guy has no engineering in civil at all. I think the city throws the term engineer to anyone.

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