Businesses lose money after flash flooding

Tampa, Florida -- The Tampa Bay area continues to dry out after major rains moved through the region. A produce market in Tampa off of Hillsborough Avenue is nearly unrecognizable after flash flooding in the area. Business owners there say they worked overnight to cleanup storm damage so they could reopen for customers on Saturday.

The owner of a variety store there said the water was coming in through the ceiling and through the ground. He said the only thing left to do was "bail." He and others closed up shop for the day.

The flood waters and rain soaked merchandise, even though items were stacked up off the floor. Khai Truong said, "In here, like a lake. Out there, like a river."

Outside, cars were abandoned, stalled, and swimming in several feet of water.

On Saturday, the flash floods went down. Puddles remained, and there's no doubt the storm made an impression.

Maria Tamayo said, "It scared me -- too much rain." She said she saw fruit floating instead of sitting on the stand where it belonged. At this point, some fruit is still stuck in the drains. They both lost business.

"I couldn't do anything yesterday ... we lost some money, had to throw away wet items," said Truong.

They say what they do still have is loyalty from customers and they were happy to get back open. Some business owners say this damage and the flooding were the worst they've seen in more than a decade.


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