Heavy rains on Tuesday flooded Broad Ripple streets and gushed gallons of water into restaurants and shops, prompting business owners to ask city officials why two flood gates in the area remained closed during the storm.
Broad Ripples Cornell Avenue along the Monon Trail resembled a river as standing water blocked traffic and stranded business owners.
Brandi Johnson owns The Lucky Boutique and worked diligently on Wednesday to save the bamboo floors in her shop that sits at the intersection of Westfield Boulevard and Guilford Avenue.
My dad said to have a Noah's ark sale, Johnson said.
As business owners clean up, the city of Indianapolis is trying to figure out to what extent it is responsible for contributing to the flooding, RTV6's Rafael Sanchez
The focus is on two flood gates in the 6500 block of Westfield Boulevard that remained closed during Tuesdays storm.
Department of Public Works spokeswoman Kara Brooks said there are 65 floodgates in Marion County, with the two in question playing a critical role. When open, they help excess water go downstream into Broad Ripple.
"This was not intentional. We apologize for any flooding that happened in the Broad Ripple Area, Brooks said.
Residents in the area said theyve seen homeless people living near the gates, but officials said theyve discouraged trespassing with fencing.
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