Fort Worth community rallies around flooded-out business

FORT WORTH -- The sign outside the WineHaus on Park Place says 'closed.' What it doesn't say is just how devastating the closure has been.

'It was kind of a double-whammy,' said WineHaus owner Lindsey Crawford.

News 8 was there June 25, the day after the nearly century-old building Crawford worked and lived in was ruined during incredibly heavy rains. They were the same rains that flooded parts of the West 7th area.

'It basically just created an upstairs swimming pool,' she said.

Most of the roof collapsed and the building was flooded. Crawford had to close her business and move out while the landlord worked to repair the mess.

But as things tend to do in tight-knit neighborhoods, news of Lindsey's misfortune spread. Just as quickly, local business owners started to step up.

'I saw it online and my first reaction was, 'What are we going to do?'' said Chester Cox. He was one of the many who stepped up.

Cox helps run nearby Kent and Co. Wines on Magnolia. He said they donated 10 percent of their proceeds from an event to Lindsey. Another group held a fundraising yoga event to help her out.

Over at West Magnolia Plastic Surgery, they're raising money, too. Dr. Emily McLaughlin decided to sell empty wine growlers for $50 that you can fill up at WineHaus once the business reopens in a few months.

'We eat here, we live here -- this is where we live, this is our family,' said surgery coordinator Patty Thompson. 'I think it's awesome.'

Lindsey thinks it's awesome, too.

'It's been overwhelming,' she said. 'Everybody rallies around whoever needs it and helps them out, and that's fantastic.'

It's a figurative sunny spot after literal rains made it tough to see the bright side.



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