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Local businesses impacted by flooded roads

As water continues to rise, communities in the Tri-States are trying to stay prepared. But the water is now impacting local businesses.

In La Grange, Missouri, many roads are flooded and shut down. One of them is South Street, which goes right through the heart of the town. No people on the streets means less foot traffic for businesses.

With high water, comes road closures.

“Yesterday when they closed the road, it didn’t seem so bad,” Casey’s General Store Asst. Manager Cory Reed said. “But today, you can’t pass through there.”

Reed works at Casey’s General Store on South Street, just a road away from a part of town that is now under water. He said right now, he’s less concerned about the water reaching his shop, but more concerned about the road closures the water is causing.

“I feel like our business has slowed down a little bit, because normally we have this through street that, from the highway, to Canton and right now, everyone’s getting detoured coming just across the top of the town,” Reed said. “So we might be safe from the water, but our business is still getting affected.”

But, the high water is still directly affecting businesses.

While some businesses said they’re still preparing and haven’t been impacted that much, other businesses down the street said otherwise.

Businesses like Carter Automotive, are battling water that’s creeping up to the business.

“So far, I’ve started by cleaning up the bottom of the lot, as you can see the water is in the lot and moving vehicles around prepare and moving some of my scrap piles around of course, so the water don’t take them away,” Carter Automotive Owner Wade Carter said.

Although not as impacted as Casey’s, he’s still fighting the road closure.

“There’s been a lot less traffic, being only one way into town and one way out now,” Carter said. “So I think I’ll be alright, business has slowed down just a touch.”

Now, businesses continue to fight a battle they never expected in October.

“One of our ladies who worked in the kitchen said that last time the river was this high in October, it stayed like that for quite a while,” Reed said.

Business owners said they plan to continue to monitor the water levels, as they are predicted to rise almost three feet.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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