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Businesses begin task of cleaning up

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Damage from flooding varied significantly around Monett from Saturday's rainfall.

On Broadway, where business owners are used to dealing with Kelly Creek overflowing, the impact was minimal but troublesome.

At Fashion Crossroads at 413 E. Broadway, owner Berneice Morris said she had water come in both the front and the back of her business. The only other time that happened was on Sept. 25, 1993.

Morris said the water came into the front third and the back third of her store. With a little warning, she managed to flip the merchandise up from the showroom floor and did not lose any. Signage stored in the back and carpeting that got wet will have to be replaced.

A warning to come and move vehicles was what tipped Westco store manager Steve Kelley of the impending flood. Westco, at 311 E. Broadway, has a history of at least having its basement fill the water. Appliances have been stored there in the past and were easily moved using the elevator.

Kelley had enough time to move merchandise back from the front entrance so that no flood water reached it. According to the staff, the business has been open all week, with a sump pump still running in the basement.

Taking the hardest hit from the flood was Unique Creations, the gift shop, laser engraving and woodworking shop located south of the Schreiber Foods plant on Dairy Street. Tom Clapper, co-owner with Cindy Clapper, said he checked the creek at Dairy Street at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. The height was well below the peak level from the April 10, 2008, flood and he concluded there would not be a problem.

Returning later, Clapper discovered the creek had topped Dairy Street after 10:30 p.m. The water mark on his wall showed water reached two-and-a-half feet inside his building.

"The refrigerator was on its side and moved into the next room," Clapper said. "My large displays were moved. The air compressor that runs my sandblasting machine was upside down."

Clapper is still concerned about the disposition of his engraver and a lot of his electrical equipment. Until he can get his machinery running again, he expected to stay closed.

The flood water damaged all Clapper's books on woodworking and design, destroyed his supply of pens, pencils and ribbons for awards, and damaged much of his wood supply. From the way furniture was knocked around in the room, Clapper said it was probably good he had not been there.

"One of these shelves could have fallen and pinned me down. I could have drowned," Clapper said.

The force of the water was equally evident outside. Two of three railroad ties placed to direct cars in his parking lot were dislodged. One was thrown through a metal wall on the outside of Clapper's building. Water also eroded a section of the bank of the channel between Clapper's building and Roderick Arms and Tool. Part of the bank collapsed into the creek.

"In seven years here, I haven't had anything happen, except a burglary," Clapper said.

Once he gets his equipment running again, Clapper said he will seriously consider relocating out of the flood plain.

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