“Just a mess” – Mandeville businesses take on water as 8-11 inches of rain falls

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“Very bad rain. It came very quickly,” said District Manager Willie Boudoin. “It happens from time to time. It’s been two and a half years.”

MANDEVILLE, Louisiana – Neighborhoods south of I-12 in Mandeville received 8 to 11 inches of rain in just a few hours Tuesday morning.

Saia’s Meat Market on Florida Street started to get water inside just as they opened for the day.

“At 9 o’clock it rose so fast that it walked in,” Saia owner Alan Tyrone said. “A few inches. Just enough to damage, nothing damaged, just a mess.”

They were open to customers Tuesday afternoon. Tyrone has owned Saia for over 20 years, but doesn’t remember taking water since before Katrina.

Next door, Mandeville Bake Shop remained open as water covered their floors.

“The water just kept flowing. It’s probably been 15 years since I’ve seen so much water on Florida Street,” said Lisa Raspino, Mandeville Bake Shop employee.

Several inches of water filled their parking lot and covered part of Florida Street, forcing law enforcement to shut down a section of the busy highway for several hours.

“The parking lot looked like a river. From here at Wendy’s, you couldn’t see where the parking lots were where the roads ended,” Raspino said.

A few blocks from Girod Street, the Mandeville fire station also absorbed several inches of water.

“Very bad rain. It came very quickly,” said District Manager Willie Boudoin. “It happens from time to time. It’s been two and a half years.”

That didn’t stop them from answering calls, but added to their to-do list for the day as they swept the water.

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