AUSTIN (KXAN) - It's been nearly a week since last weekend's rain overwhelmed parts of Central Texas, putting streets, trails and front yards under water.
A longtime Austin business that relies on water more than most, also had too much of a good thing.
At the Natural Gardner in Southwest Austin, last Saturday night's heavy rain left a big mess here Sunday...and the store hasn't been open since.
"I decided to stop by the nursery that morning and I was really surprised," said owner John Dromgoole. "The grounds had shifted, the plants weren't where they belonged."
The repair work has taken days.
"Well the damage was such that I thought we'd better close," Dromgoole said. "We have a lot of work to do, but I was really afraid for the safety of our customers, and the staff.
"The damage was extensive. We were closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and we opened at noon Thursday just softly, so that we would be able to kind of get ourselves ready still for the weekend."
The weekend that was supposed to be a 20th anniversary celebration of the store is now rescheduled for a week later.
The good news at the nursery is the rain tank is full, ready to water the plants in the dry days to come.
These gardeners know even with the rush of water, the drought is not over yet.
"If I had to deal with the two things, I'd rather deal with a little bit too much rain than an extended period of the drought," Dromgoole said. "That's where the real damage came from."
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