Flooded streets hurt Doral businesses

Rainwater covers areas of Doral

Published On: Jun 20 2012 05:40:20 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2012 06:51:13 AM EDT
Doral flooding
DORAL, Fla. -

The streets of Doral were flooded again Wednesday as rain pounded down on the area, and waterlogged roads are not a new problem for the area.

Drivers on State Road 826 can't miss the Santa Rosa Tile Co., but on Wednesday, they couldn't get there. Northwest 34th Street was underwater once again, meaning the showroom was empty of customers.

Today's forecast: JustWeather.com

"We deal a lot with the high-end, you know, nice cars, and once they see it looks like a river, they're not going to come in," said Frank Tomil, of the Santa Rosa Tile Co.

Business owners were pumping the rainwater away from their storefronts, and a Doral police officer stood by to warn drivers tempted to try their luck on the flooded streets. It's a smart decision for the drivers, but that costs the store where he was headed a paying customer.

It's the second time in a month that the Doral tile district has found itself under siege by rain. In May, three days of rain left hundreds of motorists stranded and dozens of businesses damaged by floodwaters.

The city points out that it sits in the lowest part of town, and it's getting lower. The whole area used to be a dump. The warehouse district was built on top of it in the 1970s, and the earth has been slowly settling ever since.

The city and the county do not have the money to fix the roads, nor are they obligated, because the streets are privately owned.

Business owners are not surprised any more by flooded streets. They said they only had to watch the weather forecast Wednesday to know business was going to be slow.