Not any of the employees at businesses in the North Cedar Bluff Plaza were able to work Monday because floodwater blocked the doors.
Keely Lopez, a family member and employee of Mexico Linda, said the family decided to close the restaurant early on Saturday after they saw water flooding the parking lot.
Lopez said her family went back to the business Saturday night, and were shocked to see the water was at least a foot high – inside the building.
On Monday, the Lopez family stared at the plaza parking lot that was still extremely flooded, trying to figure out what’s next.
“We just have to wait it out and wait to see when the water goes down. We can’t risk going in yet. We don’t wanna, you know, let more water in so we just have to wait. It’s a waiting game. We don’t know when we’re going to open back up,” Lopez said.
Many of the stores in the North Cedar Bluff Plaza are mom-and-pop shops.
Another store owner told WATE 6 On Your Side reporters that her insurance company doesn’t offer flood insurance because they rely on the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s disaster coverage to kick in for flood damage.
That owner also said if FEMA’s coverage doesn’t kick in, then she doesn’t know if her store will reopen.
Lopez said she hopes the water will recede quickly so employees, at the least, can get back to work and have an income.
“We were shocked and sad, to be honest. Because this is… people’s income and this is people’s jobs, people’s businesses,” Lopez said.