Monday, July 21, 2008

Raining in the Desert......
Well what I thought was going to be a relaxing Sunday afternoon didn't turn out to be so relaxing. We spent the entire late afternoon and evening removing flood waters from our store. The entire town of Ridgecrest looked much like this in many areas. Balsam street was hit pretty bad. It only took a short amount of time for the rain to create a literal river througout the city.

Pretty much every business on my street was filled with a river running through it. The city pretty much did nothing to assist. Cars kept driving up and down the street in front of our businesses causing massive mini waves of water into our stores. We did have some amazing friends and other businesses in the area come with assistance.

While we did not suffer any merchandise damage our brand new carpeting will probably have to come and be replaced. Some of our antique furnishings and pieces that my husband custom made for the boutique may or may not be water damaged, but we will not know for another day or so. We are greatfull that our damage seems minimal at this point. Many of the other stores on our street were really hit hard and damage seems to be much greater.

Therefore, we will be closed for at least three days and hope to re-open by Thursday. I am hoping that the officials who run this city will finally take into account the impact that this has had on all of us on Balsam street and finally come up with a plan to fix the street and its flooding problems that have been an issue for years. This wasn't the first time this has happen and I am sure this will not be the last.

The picture above was taken by The Daily Independent's staff

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