Businesses debate cleanup after Waynesville flash flooding

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WAYNESVILLE, MO (KTVI)—The flash flooding in Waynesville will take a big financial toll. Some business owners are already wondering whether it`s even worth cleaning up.

It is not a pretty site.  Flood waters made a mess of a family owned auto repair shop that`s been a fixture in Waynesville since 1952.  Still the owner finds it difficult to complain.

The owner, Michael Bench, says, “We’ve got a business to try and get back on our feet, but a lot of people in this area have lost their homes or their lives and it’s just a tragic situation for everyone involved.”

When you see the devastation around town, some business owners know they`re fortunate even though repairs will take a lot of work and in some cases, a lot of money.

“Clean up and assess the damages, contact the insurance companies and get up every day and put one foot in front of the other and move forward,” advices Bench.

Some business owners say the economy is so tight right now they even wonder whether it`s worth the cost of rebuilding to start their business all over again.

The owner of a café just rebuilt following a fire and was gearing up for a grand re-opening.

Bill Noakes, Waynesville resident, says, “he told me this morning he`s waiting for the hurricane now, he`s had a fire he`s had a flood now he`s waiting for the hurricane.”

It won`t be easy but the owner will rebuild again.

“It really is, for a small business owner like this, he`ll just continue to struggle but he will re-open,” says Noakes.

There`s plenty to complain out, but for now these business owners are trying to stay positive.

Bench says, “Life is good, we`re going to go forward.”