Small Shop Damaged Twice By Roof Leaks

A small business struggles to stay afloat after rain pours through the ceiling twice. The frustrated owner tells Mike McKnight she's waiting on insurance.

A spring line of storms damaged or ruined new clothes at Dundee Tailor and Boutique. Shop owner Mayra Heredia says this about her spring clothing line, " Soggy and smelly."

When a storm hit May 7th, store owner Mayra Heredia says plastic covering on an uncompleted roof project didn't protect her sales racks or storage rooms where soaked ceilings collapsed. Ten days after the storm, rain still fills light fixtures.

More than 50-thousand dollars in inventory damaged Mayra and staff can't clean up until inspection by the roofer’s insurance. Employee Shirin Taylor says, "The clothes are rotting in the meantime. Shoes are rotting. It’s unsafe."

The owner says she called the roofers insurance after storms May seventh and on Mothers Day. Mayra Heredia says, " To look at the damages now because it’s been to long." Several sewing machines have also been damaged but the shop remains open to alteration customers.

One.customer says, " I can smell the odor of what has happened with the water. This is an awesome store and I hope you get it fixed."

Mayra will ask the roofer's insurance to authorize a quick cleanup and restocking while she's hopeful the tailoring business won't come unraveled during the claim process.

The company tells Fact Finders it can't comment on specific claims. But a spokesman for Scottsdale Insurance of Arizona says in general the company is fast and fair. He tells us they will have an adjuster out Tuesday.


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