Some businesses are still closed, while others clean up after a water main break flooded parts of Market Mall around 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Naheed Amim, the manager of the Bell store, said she arrived Wednesday morning to find exhaust fans running throughout the mall on Preston Avenue. After being told what happened, she opened up to assess the damage.
“Mud, all over,” she said. “When I came in I almost slipped, because I didn’t realize it was so bad.”
Amim said it isn’t the first time the mall has flooded in some capacity since she’s worked there. Last August, heavy rain impacted some stores; however, the Bell store was not affected.
This time, Amim said, the inch or so of muddy water led to the removal of base boards and holes being drilled in walls in to avoid mould from forming. Both office computers had shut down because the wiring had been soaked. They’ve since been able to turn back on and the store’s merchandise was not affected.
“We’ve been dealing with it. But it’s hampered our business a little bit,” she said.
Gemma Jleyo, owner of Gemma Sew and Cut, also faced challenges after the water main break.
She arrived Wednesday morning to find her clients’ dresses – including a wedding gown for Saturday – soaked at the bottom in two inches of mud.
“She was crying,” Jleyo said, describing her call with the bride, “She’s excited to get married and to see her wedding gown … I’m so upset because of that.”
Jleyo hired a cleaning company Wednesday to clear the water. She sent the grown, along with several others, to the dry cleaners and said she’s hoping for the best.
The business owner has worked inside Market Mall the last ten years and told 650 CKOM she’s never had an issue like this before.
When asked for an update Thursday morning, a Market Mall representative said all businesses were back up and running – despite several, including some food court restaurants, with signs saying they were closed due to a water main break.