JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - As heavy rain fell in Johnson City Wednesday night, creeks and streams overflowed.
Some of that run-off wound up inside Casteel's Roofing and Sheet Metal Company. "It started coming in about an inch or so. Within 30 minutes it was coming in about a foot, 18 inches. It just kept coming and coming," said employee Brandon Smith.
Company owner Frank Casteel, Jr. took us through the shop so we could survey the damage first-hand. He showed us equipment and supplies that were waterlogged and ruined.
He says having to buy new equipment will be expensive. "It's hard on your pocket books and your money," said Casteel.
Casteel tells us he estimates about half a million dollars in supplies are down the drain. "Most of the things are equipment, like our air compressors, generators and hand tools, and air guns," said Casteel.
Unfortunately, we found out this isn't the first time his shop has flooded -- it's the third. "Back in March or April [it flooded], then two weeks later it got me again," said Casteel.
Now he and his employees are at work to clean up the muddy mess. "We stayed about all night from about 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. this morning pumping water out," said Smith.
Casteel says if the rain continues, it will be another long night. "Just this weekend we're going to have to be here to clean up because we've got jobs to do on Monday morning. We've got to get back to work," he said.
There is a silver lining: Mr. Casteel told us he does have insurance, so he's hoping it will cover some of his costs.
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