Cleanup continues in Carey

PHOTO BY JACOB GURNEY Matt Reinhard, of TNT Carpet Cleaning, helps clean carpet at Splinter’s Cafe in Carey Friday afternoon.

CAREY — Several homes and businesses in Carey were damaged by Thursday’s flood.

Carey Village Administrator Roy Johnson estimated 15 homes and 13 businesses were affected. He said among eight spots that flooded in the village, the area near West South Street suffered the most.

Johnson said Mayor Jennifer Rathburn and Carey’s Public Works Department were out Thursday night helping with cleanup. He estimated the water started receding at 10:30 p.m. Thursday and roads were opening back up around midnight.

Johnson said the village received about 5.5 inches of rain in a six-hour period Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

“The whole community has been so cooperative and understanding and I really have to give the people of Carey a lot of credit,” he said.

“It really is unfortunate,” Johnson said. “But it is what it is when you live next to a water source.”

Kathy Kinn, manager of One Stop Carry Out, 206 S. Vance St., said the store had about 24 inches of water in it and flooding started about 11:15 a.m. Thursday. She said the crew filled a large trash container with damaged goods.

Although the water was gone by Friday morning, Kinn was unsure when One Stop would reopen.

“We are hoping to be open in a couple of days, but it’ll just depend on how the cleanup goes,” she said.

Dave Underwood, owner of Splinter’s Cafe, said the back kitchens and two dining rooms were under water Thursday. He said water in the building ranged from a few inches near the bar to 33 inches in the back dining area.

“We’re ahead of schedule, cleanup wise,” he said. “We had to pull away everything and rewash carpets. There’s still stuff to do though.”

“This is the 11th flood we’ve had here (at Splinter’s). We’re getting pretty good at cleaning up after them,” he said.

Underwood said the diner cleaned up good and he had great people who contributed to that.

“I am so thankful for the volunteers and employees who helped clean up this place,” he said.

Underwood said he and his employees were grabbing items that were floating by Thursday. They saw a wishing well, a chair, a basketball and artificial plants, he said. The water also took paint off the diner’s patio and washed away stone from the parking lot, he said.

Underwood said of 11 floods his business has encountered, this was probably the second-worst, behind only flooding in 2006.

As of Friday afternoon, Underwood did not have a loss estimate and he said he was waiting on the health inspector to see when the diner can reopen. He hopes to be open Tuesday.

Underwood said he was pleased with the way the village and county handled the flood.

“The town did a good job of shutting roads down to make sure large vehicles didn’t come through causing wakes, which would cause more damage to businesses,” he said. “The county has also been very supportive and have been coming around seeing if there’s any way for them to help out businesses.”

“Overall, everybody worked together and I thought the town and the people handled the situation very well,” he said.