Downtown business floods, believes city may be at fault

Downtown business floods, believes city may be at fault

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Thunderstorms and heavy rain brought damage and flooding across Region 8 Wednesday night, but one business said the city of Jonesboro may be at fault as well.

The owner of Bewitched Body Art on Union Avenue said the store flooded overnight, along with the barber shop next door.

Tabbatha Couch owns Bewitched. She said she walked in and found 3 inches of standing water in her floor on Thursday morning.

Couch spent the day trying to clean up and assess the damage. They used shop vacs to suck up more than 40 gallons of water.

She had to tear up most of her linoleum flooring, but she said there could be more damage.

"Potentially the legs of my furniture could be ruined, and so far that is all we've found," Couch said. "It's gone to the wall so it could cause mold issues in the future, so we will have to get somebody out here to look at that."

Couch said her building never flooded until the city started working on the sidewalks on Union.

"They said we are in a low-lying area, and they've been doing the construction on this curve over here, and they just don't think it could contain the water," Couch said.

Her business has been on Union Avenue for 2 and half years and flooding has never been a problem.

She said she also lost business on Thursday due to this incident.

A city engineer told Region 8 News it is possible the construction could cause a blockage to the drainage system, but they have to look more into it to find out if they are at fault.

Couch said she hopes they step up and take responsibility.

"I just hope the city can get this rectified and we don't have this problem in the future," she said.

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