Essex County

‘Never seen anything like this’: North Andover hit with torrential rains, flooding

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — In North Andover, parking lots turned into lakes after six inches of rain fell on Tuesday.

“There is a river behind the buildings across the street here, but it has never done anything like this before. Some minor flooding in the parking lot but I have never seen anything like this before ever,” says Paul Gargano, owner of Tavern on High.

Gargano had to close his business Tuesday because of flooding in the basement.

“It is frustrating. This summer has been hard with all the rain we do a lot of business on the patio. Our patio seats like 80 people so it has been a hard summer,” says Gargano.

Jaime Faria owns Jaime’s Restaurant. His business also suffered damage after Tuesday’s storm.

“I just don’t know what I am going to do. This is the worst. You can just look around there are tiles coming up off the floor like my basement with all my equipment, all my refrigerators were floating around like they were boats like it is that bad,” says Faria.

Once the rain stopped, it was all hands on deck to clean up the town. Neighbors even pitched in to help.

“We live locally, and I grew up in this town and this is the worst that I have seen in 30 years of my life, and I figure it is going to take a village so might as well chip in and help out as much as we can,” says JD Spanks.

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