ALEXANDRIA, MO (WGEM) — Power washers blast outside Smokerz Outlet in Alexandria, Missouri, as crews continue cleanup efforts.
The store is open but still dealing with the mess after around 5 feet of water from the Mississippi River entered the store, according to General Manager Sherry Ramirez.
Ramirez said they want to clean up quickly to avoid further damage inside the store including molding.
On Wednesday, employees set up shelves in the parking lot to sell items, but today customers were spotted inside the store.
“They always come back, they’re always calling when the roads are open, when the roads are not open asking if we are open,” Smokerz Outlet employee Austin Wilkins said.
“We have a lot of customers that have been coming to us for years and they are staying very faithful to us and we appreciate that,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez also manages U.S. 61 Oil, the gas station down the road, she said it is back open but they are not accepting cards or digital payments, due to the system being ruined by water.