Store owners: Flooding affects businesses and customers

Store owners in Kingsbridge say flooding on their street is costing them business and affecting their customers.



A large flood Wednesday spilled water into a strip of businesses, a problem store owners say has been ongoing for a decade.



At least 2 to 3 feet of water flooded some areas near East Kingsbridge Road and Morris Avenue for hours after construction crews say work on water pipes caused an overflow that sent water rushing into the businesses.



Some business owners say they had to block their entrances with sand bags and whatever they could find to keep the water from spilling inside.



A woman who works at a pharmacy near the flooded area says she has a slight advantage since her store is located at a lower elevation than other stores on the street. However, she says her customers still struggle getting to her business because of the water.



Business owners say they want the city to come up with a permanent solution to the problem.



A Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson says: "The last report to 311 for this location was summer 2016 and crews responded the next day and cleaned the catch basin. Crews will be sent out to investigate the condition."


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