'I am just not sure if I can do this anymore': Flooded Barlow tenant lost home to 2017 fires
When flooding inundated The Barlow in Sebastopol this week, it devastated business owners — and Kendra Kolling, who owns The Farmer’s Wife, is no stranger to hardship.
Kolling said her restaurant, which she opened in October, had sustained serious damage, and possibly was beyond repair. The restaurant owner also lost her Kenwood home in the 2017 wildfires.
“I am just not sure if I can do this anymore, not after all the trauma my family and I have endured,” Kolling said, crying. “We are responsible for everything in the interior of our stores and The Barlow protects the exterior. But they sunk our interior by not having enough labor or responsibility to prepare for the flood.”
Tenants, including Kolling, said their questions on why flood barriers weren’t deployed sooner had gone unanswered by management this week.
“We had too much faith in the program The Barlow sold us on and that is where it is my own fault in not getting my stuff out,” said Kenner, who reportedly lost upward of $150,000 in merchandise.