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Evergreen Discount Liquors has been closed since July 16 after a downpour caused water and mud to seep into the store.
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Greg Thomas, the store’s manager, declined to talk about the extent of the damage but said he expected the store to reopen by July 25. He noted there was a lot to clean up in the store in the Evergreen Safeway Center.
Evergreen Safeway also saw some flooding, but it was quickly cleaned up, and the store remained open.
Jason Brown, president of Ascent Builders, which is building Pinecrest Village behind the Evergreen Safeway Center, said his crew sprang into action as soon as he heard about the destruction, and they worked until 4 a.m. Sunday. Crews have returned each day to help the liquor store reopen.
On July 21, workers installed silt fencing and straw wattles along the road behind the store and graded some of the property that is part of Pinecrest Village.
Brown has had older storm drains in the area cleaned out, and he believes Pinecrest Village’s storm drainage worked as it should. He said his workers have been videotaping where water goes on Palo Verde Drive, which is the road behind Safeway, during two subsequent storms.
“Our water is draining into our detention pond,” he said. “For me personally, that gave me peace of mind.”
For now, Brown says his first priority is getting the liquor store open again.
“At this point, we are more focused on being a good neighbor and helping Greg (Thomas),” he said.
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