Flood waters cause huge problems for businesses near Festus

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FESTUS, MO (KPLR) - Business owners in Jefferson County spent the day adding up their losses from the flood.

Tim Surdyke, who owns Surdyke Harley Davidson, said about a dozen of his ATV and other sport vehicles were damaged or ruined by the rushing creek.

“It looks like war zone back here behind the building,” he said.

Surdyke said some vehicles were even carried downstream. He estimates those losses will total $150,000, not counting damaged trucks and chewed up asphalt. Fortunately for Surdyke, the Harley showroom remained bone dry.

At this point, Surdyke said he’s rolling with the punches.

“It is what it is. God’s got a plan and let’s try to work with it,” he said.

Surdyke said the creek behind his business was usually dry and in 20 years here, it’s never come up this fast, this high.

Down the road at the flea market several vendors’ merchandize sits waterlogged.

“It’s just a shock. It’s definitely a shocker. I’ll have to totally start over. Everything I got has been ruined,” said vendor Terry Graves.

Another vendor said his baseball cards and collectible toys were all but destroyed, about $20,000 worth ruined.

Some stores won’t reopen for days as they clean up the mess. Surdyke Harley Davidson wants customers to know they remain open. The big Fourth of July pig roast at the dealership will still take place.

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