West Knoxville businesses able to enter, begin cleaning stores after floodwater recedes

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Store owners in the North Cedar Bluff Plaza were able to see for the first time how much damage flooding had caused Wednesday.

The plaza had been completely flooded to the point where owners couldn’t walk to their doors since Saturday night.

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The owners of Mexico Linda, a restaurant in the plaza, said the inside was a mess when they first walked in.

“We’ve been working all morning trying to get the water out and cleaning, moving the furniture,” Marlen Rodriguez, co-owner, said.

Many of the stores had to throw out a lot of inventory because of water damage.

Employees at Old Mill Bread Company said they had to throw away all of their inventory. The already cooked-bread will be given to a local farmer.

Joshua Hawkins, owner of Rainbow International Restorations, said the plaza property owner called him on Monday to start the cleanup process.

Unfortunately, that process couldn’t start until Wednesday.

“We weren’t able to get to work until this morning. That’s the earliest we could get started because the water was actually still up to the doors and inside the facility,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins and his crew will be doing most of the building cleanup for the whole plaza. He said it will take a few weeks at the least.

Rodriguez said she hopes she can open her restaurant as soon as possible.

“It’s a mess right now but we’ll be back,” Rodriguez said.

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