Local business owners devastated by flood damage
Businesses in Las Vegas were damaged by flooding on Tuesday.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It wasn't just homes and streets flooded in Tuesday's storm. Businesses in the Promenade shopping center near University of Nevada, Las Vegas spent the day cleaning up after devastating damage.
Mud was halfway up the walls and debris and pounding water were still there 24 hours after the storm.
Although business owners are trying to clean up, they know their shops and restaurants may be at a complete loss -- especially for those who do not have insurance.
"I couldn't do anything," Maroun Hanash at Cedars Restaurant said. "We walked in the door and saw everything dropped down; chairs, tables, coolers, food is out...everything not working, freezer not working. Everything is damaged."
"It was pretty bad," David O'Neill at Tatlantis Tattoo said. "The couches were floating, pretty much everything was ruined."
Those at the Promenade have never seen anything like it.
'We've been here two and a half years and that's the first time anything's happened," Hanash said.
"We can't work here anymore," O'Neill said. "Everything in the shop is gone." Businesses at the Promenade are not sure how they are going to start over.
Business owners are working with the Promenade's ownership to see if insurance will cover anything. If not, they don't know if they'll ever be able to reopen.
"If we have to open a new restaurant, we have to get everything new," Hanash said.
"We can't really salvage much at all," O'Neill said.