Business deals with serious flooding

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A viewer captured a flooded parking lot in Ringgold on Monday.

And, over in Hamilton County you could see water sitting in spots at a gas station on a slick Standifer Gap Road.

The flooding caused road closures in both Hamilton and Catoosa counties while those counties, plus Bradley and Whitfield counties were all under flash flood warnings.

But not all the flooding may have been just from heavy rainfall on Monday.

Joe Palmer took video of water flowing into McKinnley Excavation on 21st Street in Chattanooga.

He said the building has flooded 8 times since June, and stormwater drainage is to blame.

“The only thing that we can come up with and we’re being told by the city is the development around us being that we’re on combination, sewer and water. So it is half sewer coming into the building. It cannot hold all of the development in the area and so we’re lower than most of the new development. So the water is finding its way out of the storm drains and into our building,” Palmer said.

It has become so much of a problem that Palmer, who owns the business, has had to cut out sheetrock from his walls and treat for mold.

He said when it rains like it did on Monday, the flooding forces him to close for the day.

“The flooding happened so often, we were paying so much money to have the building dried that the insurance wouldn’t pay for that we actually bought the mitigation company and all the equipment to dry and clean the building ourselves,” Palmer said.

Palmer said insurance won’t cover him because he’s not in a flood zone and because the water is coming from outside the building.

He said he spoke with some people from the city and said they’re aware of the problem, they just don’t have the funds to fix it.

Meanwhile, Palmer said the issue is getting worse, so he’s working to relocate his main offices to another building.

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