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MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- For businesses along Andy Griffith Parkway, Monday's rain was too much and too fast.

"The creek up front is what got us now," says Chad Slater, manager of Parrish Tire.

Some parts of Surry County had more than two inches of rain. The storm runoff filled a nearby creek, forcing it out of its banks and into a parking lot shared by Parrish Tire and Becky's Glass Works. The parking lot quickly filled with water and some of that water got inside of Parrish Tire. Slater began pumping water out of the parking lot. But he soon realized he needed more help.

“It wasn’t doing the job so we called some favors in and got three more pumps so at one time we were pumping 40,000 gallons an hour out of here," Slater said.

Meanwhile, Grey Coalson with Becky's Glass Works spent his Monday scooping up thick mud that covered the parking lot.

"It's a real big mess. We are spending the whole day today getting things cleaned up. We’ve been here since 7 this morning,” Coalson said.

Other Becky's Glass employees dried up the puddles of water that gathered inside of the shop. While a majority of items inside of Becky's can be saved, some things are too water logged to save.

While both shops were busy cleaning up, they were open for business.

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