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Flash flooding closes business, injures employee

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Monday's thunderstorms dumped heavy rains in the Jackson metro area.

The storm system produced flash flooding which forced the closure of a Fondren business and left one employee injured.

A Rainbow Natural Grocery Co-op employee was hurt after she reportedly slipped in water that came rushing through the building. She was conscious when transported to a local hospital.

Around 2:30 p.m. storms hit the Fondren area. Flash flooding again left workers trying to dry rain soaked floors of the Old Canton Road business.

Before the downpours ended, employees were hard at work standing in and sweeping away inches of water. Employees must dread the sight of dark clouds and the damage and headache passing storms cause.

"We have taken on some water today in the brisk rains. We will be closed for, definitely, tomorrow. Hopefully we will be open again on Wednesday. Watch for Facebook updates. That's the only way we have to update our members," said Leigh Anne Lawson, assistant manager of Rainbow Natural Grocery Co-op.

The grocery manager reports the store has flooded at least a dozen times with recent rain storms.

Next door, at Montgomery Hardware, they put a brand new Shop Vac to the test hoping to quickly soak up the wet aftermath.

Owner Sherrell Thornton said his store doesn't take on as much water during flash flooding as his neighbor's. However, there was enough accumulation to make several trips to the sidewalk to empty the 18 gallon container.

Recently, flooding has affected the business at least two other times.

"It came just a flash flood before anybody knew what took place, and I went...sometimes we have a little flooding problem in the back. So I went back to check and when I opened the doors then it just flooded in the back doors," said Montgomery Hardware owner Sherrell Thornton.

The businessman said the weather system also knocked out power to his location in Maywood Mart.

As quickly as the thunderstorms came, they left the area and a big mess for employees to clean up before reopening.

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