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Businesses in Alexandria, Missouri, work to clean up flood damage

As flood waters recede, businesses in Alexandra, Missouri are doing everything they can to get back on their feet.

Employees said the water washed all the products right off the shelves, everything from food to their cash registers. Workers put it outside for the insurance adjuster to look at. They said they can’t believe it got this bad.

“We found out we had a little over two feet of water in this store,” General Manager Sherry Ramirez said. ‘We had not removed anything from the store, because we did not figure the water would get this high.”

Employees at US 61 Oil, look at what’s left of the store, following a flood that they said took a quarter of a million dollars from them.

“That’s not even including our electronics,” Ramirez said. “We’re not even sure if our registers are going to work at this store. We could be talking even more, tens to a hundred thousand dollars just trying to retrace our electronics and fuel.”

Ramirez said the water came faster than expected, leaving them to replace walls and clean up six inches of mud.

It’s a similar story at their other store, Smokerz Outlet, where they said almost five feet of water made its way in.

“It was a disaster,” Store Manager Tyler Sturm said. “This is the worst I’ve ever seen it and this is my third flood here. It’s terrible.”

Sturm said he’s worried about the business.

“Customers are finding other places to go, it’s just a disaster right now,” Sturm said.

He said although they got a lot out of this store, they’re still dealing with damage.

“We have to replace some paneling and display cases,” Sturm said. “We had display cases float from the back to the front door.”

In the meantime, Ramirez said they will continue to work 12 hour days so they can get back on their feet.

“It’s just been really busy days for us and just trying to get everything cleaned up,” Ramirez said. “It’s been pretty stressful for a lot of us.”

Employees said the’re working hard in hopes of opening back up on Thursday.

Employees said both stores are under flood insurance. They’re waiting on the insurance adjuster to assess the damage.They said once they’re ready to open, the health department will come in and do an inspection.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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