The community fought the water and — for the most part — the community won. Volunteers worked for days building a sandbag wall. It helped protect many businesses on Central Avenue in Old Town from being flooded. However, there is some degree of damage in 50 homes and 26 businesses, including Shelter Insurance.
Owner Steve Parker says his building was flooded with 41 inches of water. He says he also dealt with flooding in 2015. After that, he made changes to the structure to try to prevent it from happening again.
However, while the building was surrounded by water this week, he noticed bubbles beneath the carpeting. He discovered conduit in the floor was leading to outside. That's how water got in this time.
Now, Parker is back to cleaning up. It's a lot of work, but he's looking on the bright side.
"I'm glad they kept Old Town," Parker said. "I'm glad they saved those restaurants and those businesses that really drive sales tax and bring people in here. As much as I love my business I know that those businesses are important to the community and the people who live here as well ... If it was me or them, I'm glad they were safe and, much easier for me to put back than it is for all of them."
Volunteers who are at least 20 years old are encouraged to help remove sandbags Friday. The clean-up event starts at 8 AM at Eureka United Methodist Church.