Downtown shops escape flooding in Tupelo

Tupelo Hardware on Main Street shared how it avoided flooding in Friday's flash floods..

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 7:41 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Flash flooding on Friday nearly damaged some businesses in Downtown Tupelo.

The vice president of Tupelo Hardware told WTVA the waters got over a foot deep, but thanks the effort of him, his father, and some city workers, they avoided flooding inside.

“It’s probably happened three or four times in the last three years,” Vice President and Manager of Tupelo Hardware George Booth III said.

He said when a heavy rain or flash flood comes through, the storm drains tend to clog up. It especially tends to happen around autumn when falling leaves compile on top of drains.

“These drains are right next to our business, so, you know, it’s kind of the natural low point,” Booth said.

He explained he was at home when he got a phone call from a friend. He came back to the store and got busy.

“I knew what to do because it happened before, so I just put on some boots and tried pulling the leaves out.”

Inside, Booth said the building didn’t get much water. While he was outside getting leaves off the drain, he said his father was using a squeegee to push the water back out the door.

It didn’t last long, though. According to Public Works Director Chuck Williams, his crew showed up and cleared the drains quickly.

He didn’t want to go on camera, but Williams said this is normal every year when leaves fall and clog up drains.

“It was just a lot of rain at once,” Booth said.

Williams sent a statement via text message. It is below.

“Friday nights heavy rains overwhelmed a few of our drains downtown at Front and Main St. Mainly fallen leaves covered the drains and did not allow the drains to function properly. This is an ongoing problem in the fall with the drainage.

Our Public Works crew was called and responded by uncovering the drains as fast as he could and then the water recessed and the system worked properly the rest of the weekend.”

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