Labor Day Weekend after Flooding in Cathedral City
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CREATED Sep. 2, 2012
CATHEDRAL CITY - Businesses impacted by the rushing floodwaters in Cathedral City say Labor Day weekend is going well for them.
Shoppers browse the racks of clothing at Resale Therapy, but on Thursday owner Caroldean Ross took us inside to see the flooding.
"It was lake Resale Therapy on Thursday, and now as you can see we have miraculously drained the lake and turned it back into a fabulous clothing store," said Ross.
On Thursday, the parking lot and all of Highway 111 was covered in mud and water, but businesses here were able to quickly remove the dirt and open back up for Labor Day weekend on Saturday.
"There's been a flooding, pun intended of wonderful people, and a lot of people heard it on the news and wanted to come down and see, they really couldn't believe it when they walked through the door having seen the before pictures, that we were able to turn it around and get back in business," said Ross.
The five stores in consignment corridor went ahead with their launching party Saturday.
"It was really a nice party, everybody had drinks and prizes and she had a fashion show at Resale Therapy, it was fabulous, it was great, and we got a lot of new clients that way," said owner of Celebrity Consignments, Christine Corio.
Corio just opened the business this summer.
She says a quick-thinking employee helped save their products.
"She started moving furniture back, she started putting blankets in front of the door, and it was really, really smart of her and she saved everything, we didn't really have much of a loss at all, so it was great," said Corio.
Crystal Chrysler was close to the path of the rushing waters, but escaped the flooding.
"We pretty much escaped with no damage, we had a little bit of water on our lot, but we have a contingency plan in place in case something like that happens, so we were ready," said Crystal Chrysler and Fiat of Palm Springs general manager, Mark Soto.
So for labor day weekend, Soto says they are able to showcase all their new vehicles.
"The city had crews out here, cleaning everything up, they did a really nice job, and we were able to be open and Friday we sold twelve cars, and we followed up with a very good day yesterday as well," said Soto.
So though piles of mud and dirt remain across the street, these businesses were able to clean up and open their doors this weekend.