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South Hall business open after May floods

POSTED: June 15, 2013 12:30 a.m.

The Wayne Center in Flowery Branch remains closed and still shows the effects of last month's flood.

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Are the businesses along the portion of Atlanta Highway that flooded in May open?

All businesses along that stretch are open, but those in the Wayne Center had to relocate.

Storms on May 19 dumped some 7« inches of rain on Flowery Branch in six hours, which overwhelmed area culverts.
At one point during the disaster, a wide stretch of Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway between Wayne Drive and Moonie’s Texas Barbecue was about 6 feet underwater.

Jason Martin with Moonie’s Texas Barbecue said his restaurant was shut down for one day since the road was closed.

“We had absolutely no water damage,” he said. “The flood was about 40 or 50 feet from our parking lot. So it was close, but it didn’t get us at all.”

Chester Camacho, manager at The Tire Store, said the business there was shut down for two days.

The Wayne Center, owned by Alan and Mike Wayne, was most affected by the flood, and Alan Wayne said all the walls in the building will have to be removed.

“We’re making plans to remove the entire interior because it’s damaged beyond repair,” he said. An exact timeline to repair the building is up in the air, but Wayne said he hopes to start removal next week.

The 18,000-square-foot space was home to nine tenants, all of which have been relocated to other properties, where Wayne said they are now back up and running.

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