It wasn’t a pretty sight inside the Central Parking garage at 227 Cherry Street in the hours after Hurricane Sandy came ashore. More than 50 cars were swamped by flood waters that rushed across South Street and turned the facility, located below the Pathmark store, into a lake. Today the owners of those cars have still not been allowed inside to inspect the damage.
This morning we spoke with Melissa Nguyen, who has been helping to organize more than two dozen of the owners to get some answers from Central Parking about events that led up to the flood. According to Nguyen, the company ordered the garage locked at 4 p.m. Sunday. Some people, herself included, were at work or unable to remove their cars in the afternoon for other reasons. She said Central Parking was incredibly unsympathetic and inflexible about their predicament. In the aftermath of the storm, car owners have not been granted access to the facility for the purpose of filing insurance claims. The group is now exploring legal options.