Water main break at Davis Building causes major damage to local businesses

TOLEDO, OH (WTVG) — A vegan restaurant in downtown Toledo is now struggling to stay afloat after a water main burst left four inches of standing water at the Leaf and Seed Cafe and other businesses in the Davis building.

Susan Herhold is the owner of The Leaf and Seed.

“In our cafe, in particular, the floor was damaged, the tables were damaged, the lower part of the tabletop was damaged. When we got here we had about four inches of standing water,” Herhold said.

The water main burst happened on Christmas Day when no one was in the building. The damage started on the third floor and the water reached the first floor.

“It’s a mess,” said Gerhold.

There is still no water in the building at this time, and businesses inside could take up to two weeks to reopen.

“I am sad, very sad and heartbroken,” Gerhold said. “We’re struggling to stay afloat here and that’s just one thing we didn’t need.”

She said that insurance covers most of the damage, but she thinks about her employees.

“This does not cover my employees, their loss of wages, and I have 13 employees who depend on their weekly paycheck to pay their bills and feed their families,” Herhold said. “It was very hard for me to know that they don’t have jobs now.”

Herhold said the community has rallied around her, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Now she is collecting donations just to help her employees pay for the week.

Herhold also wants to remind Toledo residents to shop locally.

“As soon as we reopen, come to the Davis building, check it out and support the businesses that are here,” Herhold said.

If you’d like to help The Leaf and Seed get back on its feet, you can donate on their website.

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