Flooding causes Crabtree Valley Mall storeowners to lose thousands
Posted April 26
Updated April 27
Raleigh, N.C. — Businesses at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh took a big hit when flooding forced the mall to close Tuesday.
Business owners say they have seen flooding close the mall time and time again, but that it still causes big problems in the area.
When Glenn and Julie Overby started their key making business, they found the mall to be a perfect fit, but on Tuesday there was no business.
"We happened to have a really banner day Monday and even in the rain, we were just busy all day," said Julie Overby. "And then, boom. We had to be closed on Tuesday, so yeah, it's a loss."
Next door at Vino Amore, owner Vivian Jones was tallying her online sales from Tuesday, hoping to offset a $4,000 revenue hit.
"We didn't sell anything. We didn't make any money," she said.
Crabtree Valley Mall is built on a natural floodplain, and when it rains, the creek often floods.
Though the flooding is often an inconvenience, there is rarely any physical damage, and city leaders say there is not much they can do to help.
The Overbys say they now expect it.
"If you look at the advantage of being here versus the loss we take once in a great while, it's definitely worth it," Overby said.
Crabtree puts out flood gates when the creek reaches 16 feet. Tuesday, according to their measurements, it reached 22 feet, just a few inches short of major flood stage.