Cranbury business owners, residents impacted by Henri flooding say they are being overlooked

Businesses in downtown Cranbury are still cleaning up from flooding caused by Henri.

News 12 Staff

Aug 26, 2021, 2:31 AM

Updated 1,004 days ago


Businesses in downtown Cranbury are still cleaning up from flooding caused by Henri. The business owners say that they feel that they are being overlooked, even though Main Street flooded so badly that it looked like a river.
Gov. Phil Murphy has been touring areas around the state the last few days that were impacted by the flooding, including Helmetta and Monroe Township. But the Cranbury business owners say that the governor has not yet come to their town. They say that they are facing tens of thousands of dollars in damages.
“There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind - there’s no disagreement – that this was managed poorly. And we don’t want it to happen again,” said one business owner.
Business owners and residents on Main Street aired their frustrations to Mayor Michael Ferrante on Wednesday. They say they are angry over what they say was poor communication during the storm. They are hoping for better prevention and are wondering what comes next.
“It was hard enough going through COVID and surviving. And then this type of hit is back-breaking,” says Teddy's Restaurant owner George Nikitiades.
Nikitiades had to go through flooding just to get into his restaurant. Because the restaurant is not in a flood zone, there is no flood insurance. He says that he is looking at approximately $60,000 in damage after the water infiltrated the restaurant’s basement. It ruined some of the most expensive items.
“Six feet of water in each building. Four water heaters, boilers, ice machines, dry goods, paper goods,” Nikitiades says.
The owner of Little Owl Enrichment says her business was also damaged.
“We had approximately four feet of water, sludge, sewage, toxic water,” she says.
Main Street was drenched with nine inches of rain in just a few hours. Nearby Brainerd Lake couldn’t handle it and spilled over.
People who live close to the lake are more familiar with flooding. They will need to renovate their homes for the third time in 40s years because of the damage.
"Well the first time I was pretty upset. The second time I was upset. I'm getting a little used to it now,” says resident Bobbie Marlowe. “I'm just figuring there's no point in getting upset. I mean it happens and I love the house and I'm not leaving"
The business owners say that Main Street is not getting the support it needs.
The mayor says that he understands the frustrations. He says that any state or federal aid offered to other towns where the governor toured will also be available in Cranbury.
News 12 New Jersey asked Murphy’s office if the governor planned to visit Cranbury, but did not hear back.

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