March 9, 2014
Twenty four hours after a summer storm raged through parts of the Valley, the Queen City continues to recover. City officials now report almost $900,000 in damages to public and private facilities. They say they plan to apply for FEMA assistance.
Streets were completely flooded over Friday night and cars stalled in the water. Today, damage was assessed. Staunton Customer Relations Coordinator Doug Cochran told TV-3, "At this point, we have 50 businesses approximately reporting damage ranging from $500 up to $100,000 or better. We have several dozen probably 30-40 homes that have already reported damages ranging from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars."
The Johnson Street parking garage is now closed off, considered structurally unsafe. Last night, water poured through the walls. The garage will remain closed Monday. However, the city's Wharf Parking lot and New Street garage will be free to those needing a new place to park.