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Danville businesses hit hard by flash floods over weekend

For the second time this year, the Napa Auto Parts store on Riverside Drive in Danville filled with flood water. (WSET)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Several businesses on Riverside Drive in Danville were devastated by flash floods on Saturday night.

On Sunday, it was all about the clean up.

For the second time this year, the Napa Auto Parts store on Riverside Drive filled with flood water.

"It is a little disheartening that we're facing this just after recently experiencing the very same thing," said Wiley Fogleman, who is the GM of the Napa Auto Parts store.

The store manager said the store flooded back in May so they had prepped the store for Hurricane Florence, but not for this pop up storm.

"It was frustrating. Frustrating, but there's not a whole lot you can do about it," Wayne Porch said.

Fogleman said this a storm drain problem that has hurt them three times since the store opened and the city needs to address it.

"This should not be an issue. Storm drains and engineering with the city should not be an issue with flooding our store. We're a little disappointed and disheartened, but we'll reach out to the city and see what plans they have in store in resolve it," Fogleman said.

Robbie Woodall's Chevrolet-Buick-GMC dealership right down the road was also hit by flood waters back in May.

This time was worse.

"This was the worst we've ever seen. We've probably got 75 cars total losses. The rest of them, we were able to get some of them out of the way," Woodall said.

He said there is $5-$6 million in losses with car and structure damage.

He too said this falls on the city.

"This is a fixable problem. You shouldn't have this flooding come from the street side. The city has got to fix this problem," Woodall said.


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