Heavy rains in Fairport leave soggy mess in family store, apartments

August 15, 2018 11:20 AM

While much of the havoc wreaked by heavy rains Tuesday in Perinton and Fairport quickly dissipated, some damage brought a painful task of cleanup and salvage.

"It's not fun," sighed Jenny Capuano, owner of Canalside Jewelry on North Main Street in Fairport as she worked to clean her business.

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The store was left a soggy mess Tuesday morning when an intense downpour quickly dumped almost four inches of rain on the area. 

The deluge flooded streets and launched a nervous watch on the rising Irondequoit Creek and Thomas Creek.

In the Town of Perinton, more than 10 town, county, and state roads were closed for much of the day including NY-96, Ayrault Road, Whitney Road, Carter Road, Aldrich Road and parts of Mason and Hogan Roads. 

But the storm brought a different kind of damage to the apartment and retail building at 104 N. Main St. 

The intense rain overwhelmed a partly clogged drain on the roof and created a lake on top of the building that eventually rose high enough to flow into an air vent. 

A cascade of water ran through the walls, ceilings, and floor of two apartments and then down into Canalside Jewelry.

Sheetrock, carpet, and ceiling tiles were soaked, along with display cases, computers, and the store's cash register.

"Oh, It's a mess," exclaimed Joe Dellaria, owner of the building. "It's a mess. Water does the worst damage, yeah. But we are in there cleaning it up. We've been in there cleaning it up all day."

For an emotional Jenny Capuano, the salvage operation was an excruciating reminder of her late father Joe Dellaria who founded the store, and who died almost exactly two years ago. Her father, she recalled, was responsible for the store's layout, its décor, even the programming of the electronic cash register. 

"This was my father's store and he, unfortunately, passed away," she said. "My sister and I took it over so… It's just hard seeing his legacy go down like this. It's been a hard day."

Capuano said the store did have insurance. Dellaria said the building did too although, he was unsure whether the building's tenants were insured for their own belongings.

Two of the building's 10 apartment units were rendered uninhabitable by the flooding. Dellaria said he contacted the Red Cross to help them find lodging.


Charles Molineaux

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