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Heavy rains flood Roanoke Rapids business

Posted August 20, 2012

— Nearly 4 inches of rain pummeled Roanoke Rapids on Sunday, and much of it found its way into Chris Moseley's business on 12th Street.

Chris S. Moseley Electric moved to a downtown storefront in March after 14 years of operating out of Moseley's home.

"We were able to finally reach that dream or feeling like we were reaching that dream, and now we've been met with a couple more setbacks," he said Monday.

His shop flooded Sunday, and the water left its mark 8 inches up the walls.

"I was thinking, 'Not again, not again,'" he said, noting the shop also flooded a month ago during a thunderstorm.

"We were in the process of making repairs when it happened this second time," he said. "I'm pretty disheartened. We've been working for several months now to renovate this building."

Roanoke Rapids officials said they plan to study the intersection of 12th and Charlotte streets to determine the cause for the flooding.

Moseley spent much of the day Monday sweeping the water out the door and trying to vacuum as much out of the carpet as he could.

"Most likely, we'll have to remove the carpet and dispose of it and put new carpet down," he said.

He estimated that his shop has sustained about $10,000 in damage from the two storms, and he said his insurance doesn't cover flood damage.

Still, Moseley said he's not about to let some rain spoil his business dreams.

"Certainly, we're not giving up yet," he said.


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  • raleigh292 Aug 21, 2012

    It's rough. The town is flat and paved over so if you get a big rain, it flows as fast as it can to the Roanoke river. Check out the buildings there are almost at at the roadway level. Just repaving the streets changes the flood paths sometimes.

    4 inches of rain in an hour on a flat plane...is going to go where ever it wants.

  • halfpint1552 Aug 21, 2012

    Did you check to see if it was in a flood area before renting/buying your location? Just saying...

  • NCSU84 Aug 21, 2012

    Like the others, I hope RR fixes the street drainage issue. Small business can't afford to pay $10k a year for water damage.

  • cwood3 Aug 21, 2012

    Hang in there sir. I know the problem-it's 4" of rain!

  • whyalltheproblems Aug 20, 2012

    it's sad...definitely feel for the guy for sure. hopefully this time around he'll get a flood insurance policy :(

  • sanacito Aug 20, 2012

    How sad that the same city that fell for that randy parton boondoggle, now can't help this guy out. Study the problem at 12th and charlotte? It's not the first it has happened! Why hasn't it been studied AND corrected by now?

  • Fuquay Resident Aug 20, 2012

    I'm glad Mr Moseley isn't letting this ruin his dreams. Hopefully the city will get the water problem solved before it happens again.