WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

After Georgetown Flooding, Restaurant Openings Could Take Weeks

Play associated audio
Workers take a break from cleaning up after a flood that created damage in the Washington Harbour complex.
Armando Trull
Workers take a break from cleaning up after a flood that created damage in the Washington Harbour complex.

On Wednesday afternoon, a man in white plastic overalls was power washing the brown mud off the Georgetown Boardwalk. At another end of the complex, a crew is repairing a wall.

"The damage to this property’s got to be $30 million, easy," says Dennis Roche, owner of Roche Salon.

Roche was lucky his business only lost power like most of the offices and condos on the upper level of Washington Harbor. The management company says partial power will be restored to the complex sometime today and it's hoping to ready both buildings for occupancy by Friday.

By then, management also expects that the pumps will finally have drained all the floodwater.

On the lower level of the complex, workers are tossing thousands of dollars  worth  of  wine bottles, food and furnishings into a dumpster.

Tony Cibel, who owns three of the most affected restaurants, says longtime staffers are helping  clean the mess.

"We’ve got 50 staff from our different restaurants," he says. "The kitchen guys, they're wonderful guys. We've got people that have been with us since the day we started."

Cibel say sit could be weeks before his businesses are ready to reopen.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story misidentified the owner of Roche Salon. The owner's name is Dennis Roche.

NPR

Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.
NPR

Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.
NPR

Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.
NPR

Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.