Torrential rains resulted in flood damages to five businesses in Leitchfield’s Southgate Mall on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
At around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, a torrential downpour occurred in Leitchfield, causing water to wash down over the retaining wall behind the Southgate Mall, according to Southgate Mall Owner Mark Cook.
This came as a result of the contracting company building the new Leitchfield Dollar General location, Susan Cox Development, which, when connecting an old storm drain to a new one, neglected to cap off the old storm drain with concrete to divert the water, Cook said.
This caused rain water to pump up through the ground from the construction area—located between Southgate Mall and Dr. Gay Fulkerson’s medical practice on South Main Street—and wash debris down over the Southgate Mall retaining wall, Cook said.
The debris clogged the Southgate Mall storm drains, and rain water gathered in the parking area between Southgate Mall and the retaining wall, eventually seeping into five businesses, according to Cook.
The flooding resulted in an estimated $20,000 worth of damages, including between $2,000 and $3,000 worth of cleaning fees, to the businesses, Cook said.
This & That Custom Framing and Farm & Home Realty and Auction received the worst of the flood damages as their floors are laminate and will need to be replaced, according to Cook.
Also damaged in the flooding were Hamilton-Ryker, World Finance, and Kentucky Farm Bureau, the latter of which has three offices in Southgate Mall.
Cook said Susan Cox Development sent out an emergency pump truck to cap off the old storm drain and divert the flow of water on Wednesday evening, so the problem should be remedied going forward.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.