Five Points businesses preparing for what they've seen before
In the middle of hurricane season, one area of Columbia is gearing up for what business owners say isn't out of the ordinary. Don McCallister, co-owner of Loose Lucy's in Five Points says the intersection of Saluda and Devine, where his store is located, is one of the lowest points of the city.
"This business has flooded once a year over the last few years unfortunately," says McCallister.
S.C. Nails down the road sees the impact around this time of year. Receptionist Anh Nguyen says they have experience in preparing for floods and have sandbags lined up outside the entrance.
Many other small businesses in Five Points also began building barricades outside their entrances early Monday morning to prepare for the worst. McCallister says as long as businesses prepare before the storm strengthens, opening again for normal business hours will be painless.
"Even if it floods down here, we're going to be fine. We will dry it out and be open for business tomorrow, even if it floods this afternoon," says McCallister.