Local store asking for DOH to help after damaged by flash floods

DODDRIDGE COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) - What now looks like a harmless stream caused some major problems for Judy and Jeremy Cline, the owners of J&J Feed and More store in Doddride county.

Last year the Cline's store completely flooded costing them thousands of dollars to repair.

"Last year it completely wiped us out due to a flooded drain pipe, this year same situation,"

To prepare, James Cline took matters into his own hands to try to prevent a repeat disaster.

"We worked and I used my own equipment to try to keep the water out,"

The culprit behind this flooding, other than the rain, is a concave culvert pipe.

The county commission is working with the department of highways to see what they can do, if anything, to fix the problem.

The Clines say they've been told a solution is to raise up their store-something they've done once before that's cost them time and money.

"To clean everything out, shut my business down, raise my building up, and do this all over again," "I'm not gonna do that,"

Cline instead wants to see the pipe replaced.

He says if they're flooded again he'll be left with no options.

"I just don't know what else to do, if it floods me out one more time, I'm going to have to close," Cline said "I can't keep redoing it,"

The Department of Highways came out to see the property and say they plan on doing a hydraulic study in the area before planning any next steps.

In the meantime the Clines are hoping for no more flash floods, having so much at stake.