A doctor’s office in Niles is flooded for the second time in 18 months after heavy rains on Tuesday.
The Mueller Family Practice building on Route 46 in Niles was flooded when water from heavy rains rushed from the cemetery across the street.
“We are flooded again. The second time within a year and a half,” said Dr. Edward Novosel, building owner. “The whole inside needs cleaned and suffered a pretty quick amount of rain in a short period of time.”
“When I got here the road was blocked off, the fire department had engines at each end,” said Kevin Wyndham, of Service Master. “There was about 18 inches to two feet of water rushing across the road from the cemetery. It was rushing like a waterfall over the break wall right into the building here.”
Wyndham estimated that there was 4,000 gallons of water that rushed into the parking lot and into the building. Dr. Novosel said this is not the first time they’ve cleaned up from flooding.
“We made some adjustments here. We put in some new drains, much much larger but you can tell that it still did not handle the amount of water we had here.”
Crews said the water in the carpeting could create mold problems.
“Places that are not properly mitigated, up front, generally have a problem down the road whether it is two weeks, two months, or two years,” said Wyndham.
The building owner put nearly $30,000 into repairs following the first flood. He said insurance did not cover the damage.