As of Tuesday afternoon, Sykesville businesses like The Vine on Main and Baldwin’s Station were continuing cleanup after the Sunday, May 27, rainstorm that hit the region and brought water levels higher than the drains downtown.
“I’m mopping the floors with Clorox as we speak,” The Vine on Main owner Ridia Dearie said Tuesday.
Dearie said the shop took on water, so they’ve been working to clean everything out, though she added that they’re open for business. They were lucky at her shop, she said, because the flooding impacted the basement, but not the first floor or kitchen.
They didn’t lose any of the wine inventory, she said, though they did have to throw out all of the cardboard boxes the bottles came in.
Dearie said what really helped was all of the support from the town. The Fire Department and the Department of Public Works were especially helpful, she said. Mayor Ian Shaw was out helping Sunday night and Town Manager Aretha Adams called Monday morning and sent resources, she said.
Public works came and helped get the mud out of their parking lot and off of their handicapped ramp, she said.
Dearie said she has a saying: “When life gives you lemons … make wine slushies.”
Despite the flooding and damage, she said there has been a lot of support and help as the community has come together.
“To us, Sykesville is a small town, and we’ve really got that small-town feel and help,” she added.
Baldwin’s Station owner Stewart Dearie, Ridia Dearie’s husband, also said his restaurant and gift shop, which sit at the bottom of Main Street in Sykesville, both took on water during the weekend’s storm and flooding.
“The drains did not function properly,” he said.
There was “minimal damage” dollar wise, but it took all day Monday and some of Tuesday to deal with it, Stewart Dearie said.
“It was mostly mud and whatnot that had to be dealt with,” he said.
Baldwin’s Station opened on time Tuesday, he added.
Shaw, on Monday, praised his fire company for its quick work on Sunday that helped alleviate the flooding.
“Luckily the Public Works crew came down, fire crew came down, and was able to help us pump some water out,” Shaw said. “The Baldwin’s parking lot got water in it and some debris and mud. They got a couple inches of water in the basement, and then The Vine on Main Street as well got some water in it.
“But I gotta tell you, having the Sykesville [Freedom District] volunteer fire company come out with some pumps and doing some cleanup was a huge help,” he said. “It was really awesome. Public works came down; we had a couple residents. We were really lucky in the scheme of things.”
Shaw was referring to Ellicott City, which saw murky brown water ripping through Main Street — the epicenter of flooding in the region — in the late afternoon, submerging cars and businesses’ first floors. According to The Baltimore Sun, the body of the Maryland National Guardsman who was swept away in the Ellicott City flood Sunday was found in the Patapsco River Tuesday.
In Sykesville Sunday night “storm drainage backed up and water ran into the street from some of the higher areas in town,” said Sykesville Fire Company spokesman Bill Rehkopf on Monday, “but it didn’t have any significant damage.”
“We did have a couple businesses we assisted with a little bit of water on their properties and we hosed out the town parking lot by Baldwin Station,” Rehkopf said, “but other than that we didn’t have any significant damage. [Ellicott City] had the worst of it by far.”
Shaw said the town was airing out some wet areas Monday, but other than that conducting business as usual.
“They’ve got a little bit of drying out to do,” he said, “but again, everybody was really happy we were able to get it cleaned up in a couple hours. The drains seemed like they’re working [now]. I think the rivers are just so full, I think the water was really higher than the drains because they weren’t draining.”
“I don't anticipate hearing any more [complaints],” said Rehkopf. “The weather’s good, so I think the small problems we had — compared to everybody else’s bigger problems — was taken care of last night, so we were fortunate.”