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Water Street businesses dealing with tidal flooding

Tidal flooding is causing businesses on Water Street to become inundated with water.  (Source: WECT) Tidal flooding is causing businesses on Water Street to become inundated with water.  (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Water Street in downtown Wilmington is living up to its name. The Cape Fear River has flooded the street several times over the past few days.
During high tide, the water can be up to a foot deep.

Tidal flooding is causing the street to become inundated with water.  

Shop owners have been dealing with the off-and-on-again flooding for over a week.

The city of Wilmington finally put up barricades Monday to keep cars from driving through, which has been causing a wake of water to flow into their businesses.

Luisa Moore, the owner of the Hat Shoppe, said she had to temporarily close her business due to the constant flooding and water damage inside of her shop.

"We don't open the shop. We have no income. This is going to be a challenge this month. We have not had one cent taken in," Moore explained.

Shop owners walk around in rain boots and stack sandbags at their doors hoping to prevent the water from creeping in.  

"We had the initial flooding, pretty much every shop took on water but then in the last three to four days, the tide progressively rising," said Chad Bean, owner of Imago Salon.

The tidal flooding is expected to gradually recede over the next few days. 

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