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Monkee’s inundated by Sunday storm

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A roof leak during Sunday’s steady rains caused major damage to Monkee’s of Fredericksburg that could force the shop to close for two months.

Catherine Sullivan, who bought the dress shop just a month ago, said her employees called her Sunday morning in a panic when they arrived at the store to find it raining inside.

Sullivan has worked at the store since October 2008 but has run it since February 2009. She bought it July 17 from Linda Arnold, who moved to Winston–Salem, N.C., to be closer to family.

The store has major damage, most to the walls, the carpet and the front check-out area. More than 2 inches of rain fell in Fredericksburg on Sunday, according to the weather station at the University of Mary Washington.

Sullivan said she and her husband were able to move most of the inventory out of the store without it being damaged.

The water leak caused the most damage to Monkee’s, at 827 Caroline Street, but the former Civil War Life Homefront and Museum Store at 829 Caroline Street and Bangkok Cafe at 825 Caroline Street also had damage.

Sullivan said there was work being done on the roof, but the cause of the leak is unknown.

Sullivan said they’ve had to remove parts of the walls and the cabinets and will need new carpeting, she said.

Sullivan said she estimates it will take about two months for the store to reopen.

“I’m dedicated to see it reopen,” she said. “I just bought it. It’s my dream to own this store. We’ll figure it out, I guess.”

She’s been posting updates on the store’s Facebook page and has received an outpouring of support from friends and customers.

She said that other businesses have offered her their basements for storage and people have been stopping in just to give her a hug.

She has not discussed what will happen with her employees yet.

Next door, Morn Wongthongdee, one of the partners of Bangkok Cafe, said there is damage to the ceiling in the dining room, kitchen and behind the bar.

She said they had just finished painting before the water damage occurred.

The restaurant has not closed but has a blocked off a section in the dining room where the leak was.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413