Car dealership begins rebuilding after flood

Surge of water flooded Eisenhauer Nissan's showroom, service center

Car dealership gets back to business following flood

LOWER HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. - A rush of water is now being followed by a rush to get back to business. 

Employees at Eisenhauer Nissan in Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County, have spent the past week tackling the massive mess left behind by flooding.

Part of the rebuilding process on Friday included reconstructing the creek that overflowed and flooded the dealership in the first place.

"The creek was totally flat, totally destroyed," explained Pete Eisenhauer, owner of the car dealership on Route 422.

The building Eisenhauer's family has been working in since 1964 was also destroyed by the high water.

"We're starting over," Eisenhauer said.  "Everything's pretty much new."

Last week, heavy rains caused a surge of water that broke through Eisenhauer's showroom, trapped employees and destroyed most everything inside.

"It's unbelievable," said Eisenhauer. "There isn't much in the building's that good."

Eisenhauer was already making some long term plans to expand, but with the flooding, that time line was moved up to now. 

That rush of water may have destroyed a building, but it really just reshaped the business.

"If this flood would have happened a year from now, we would have made a bunch of plans here and they would have all be wasted," said Eisenhauer.

Eisenhauer purchased a building across Route 422 with the intent of using it for storage.  Now, it's being rapidly transformed into the new car showroom and a brand new service center.

"We hope to be open [for service] next week, hopefully earlier in the week, rather than later in the week," said Eisenhauer.

The sales staff has been back to work since last Saturday, working out of the stone house adjacent to the flooded building.

The old lot will be part of a new business venture.

For the first time, this second generation family business found out how deep its roots run in the community.

"There's been a tremendous amount of people helping from all over," Eisenhauer said.  "And I appreciate all the help."

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