West End flooding leaves workers drenched with repair costs

Posted at 8:24 PM, Sep 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-04 20:24:06-04

HENRICO, Va. (WTVR)--Recent flooding in a West End parking lot has left some drivers stranded, and even two weeks after the rain event the car owners told CBS 6 they’re still fighting to get help.

They said they were forced by property managers of Gaskins Place to park in the back lot of the building.

Donald Vuckavic  and Robert Marich  said that a heavy downpour turned their bowl shaped parking lot into a flooded mess, in just a matter of minutes.

And for two weeks they have been worried about how they're going to pay for their cars that were flooded.

Marich said they've asked property manager Thalhimer to cover the damages, but were told insurance wouldn't because it was an act of god.

Employees said that every time it rains there's ponding and some flooding in the lot.

They believe a drain is the problem, and said they have mentioned it to management before.

“There was a guy that came from the management and took shrubs from the drainage and ten minutes after that the parking lot water went down" Claudio Ragazzi said.

CBS 6 contacted Bill Sapon from Thalhimer who sent CBS 6 news a statement.

“The property owner and Thalhimer, as managing agent, are working with Henrico County in regards to water drainage into the creek located behind the property. This creek serves as a storm water outlet for multiple properties along the Patterson and Gaskins area."

Workers said if they can't get help from Thalhimer they will consider legal action.