Workers in Castaway’s Bar and Grill on Front Street in Georgetown were mopping up and surveying the damage Tuesday after a foot of water flooded the bar the day before.
Owner Pam Lambert didn’t expect the water from Hurricane Irma’s storm surge to come in the bar.
“Honestly, I didn’t think we was gonna get anything from it,” she said. “When you had Matthew, it come in and come out and then it was gone. This one stayed a bit longer.”
The ocean-themed, waterfront bar has been at the same place for 9 years, and Lambert said it never flooded until 2015. It flooded again during Hurricane Matthew and a third time on Monday.
But Monday was the worst.
Water had come into the bar around 2 p.m. and gotten into the wood interior walls, she said.
The wood floors were buckling from the edge of the bar all the way to the entrance, where former bouncer Jerry “Tiny” Tancil’s ashes are kept in a Fireball Whiskey bottle next to the door.
A ladder was propped up into the wood ceiling because of a leak.
Lambert was getting ready to rent some dehumidifiers to dry the place out, but didn’t want to start replacing the wood or siding until the insurance adjuster came. She didn’t know how much repairs would cost, but hoped the bar would be back in business within two weeks.
“This is the first time we’ve had it this bad where you’ve got to actually have to put a claim on it,” she said.
Next door at Cutin’ Edge Barber Shop, owner Jamie Adams was cleaning up. Her place didn’t get nearly as much damage as Castaway’s.
She’s owned the shop for 14 years, and like Castaway’s, never flooded until 2015. The shop also flooded during Hurricane Matthew, but Adams renovated the shop afterward to mitigate future flood damage.
The shop had concrete put in along the walls, and waterproof floors and base boards installed last year. Only 7 inches of water came in this time, said Adams, who added that the water was 3 feet high during Matthew.
Adams attributes the flood to the tides.
“The tides have not had time to go back down to normal if that’s ever going to be again,” she said. “I don’t know if we’re ever going to have a ‘normal’ again as far as tide levels. If we don’t have a full moon and we don’t have rain, we’re good. Full moon, rain and tides, it’s bad.”
Across the street, Augustus and Carolina furniture store manager Kat Cramer was open for business.
She had sealed up the front of her store using plastic sheets, duct tape and sandbags, which kept the interior dry, save for a bit of water coming through the floor in the back of the store.
“I made this as water-tight as I could,” she said
During Matthew, Cramer said she didn’t make adequate preparations and the store flooded.
She said the plastic sheets and duct tape kept the store dry, “unless God was on the other side blowing it back out.”