A number of businesses were cleaning up Monday night after heavy rain moved through with a storm system around 1 p.m. Elm Grove was one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the Ohio Valley, with about one inch of rain falling in an hour.
The Rite Aid store on National Road and neighboring YMCA were among the businesses affected by the storm. Just blocks away in both directions, the Riesbeck’s Plaza and the Elm Terrace Shopping Center parking lots also experienced some problems.
Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration arrived shortly after the storm to help pump about two inches of water out of the Rite Aid. The manager said it started coming up on the neighboring ball field and then started seeping into the pharmacy.
The main store front had to be shut down while crews were cleaning up, but the drive thru remained open for people to get their prescriptions.
The Panhandle crews will work overnight into Tuesday to clean the businesses affected. “Yeah when our guys got here they knew they were going to have to pull an all-nighter, and that’s what they’re doing. They get right on it, they’ve got their squeegees out, they’re starting to suck up the water, we’re going to sanitize the floor after that, and we’re going to re-open this place,” Marketing Director Bob Heldreth said.
The quick-moving storm took a lot of people by surprise. “How fast the water came down, it just came down as quick as it could be, it come down really fast. You know, I couldn’t believe that you know that the water just come down so fast,” Julie Thorn, an Elm Grove resident said.
Since a large amount of rain fell in a short amount of time, it caused the storm sewers to back up, and Big Wheeling Creek to move swiftly through the area. Luckily, the waters receded within an hour, but it left many people and businesses cleaning up.
The Rite Aid on National Road will be open for business on Tuesday morning.