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CASSVILLE, MO (KTVI) – The cleanup is underway in southwest Missouri after devastating flash floods left behind a path of destruction.

“It was terrible,” said Eleanor Hansen.  She owns a furniture store in Cassville.  Even though the store is more than a block from water, heavy rain caused the nearby Flat Creek to rise out of its banks Tuesday.

“There was a foot of water in my store,” Hansen said.

She spent Wednesday trying to scrape mud of the floor of her business.  City officials say no one should underestimate the threat of flash floods.

“When you look at how it can scour concrete, how it can take out bridges and roads, I mean it’s such a powerful force,” said Steve Walensky, Cassville Director of Public Works.

He said the city will be busy in the coming days assessing damage and cleaning up mud and debris.  The Cassville City Park sustained heavy damage.  Fences and backstops were damaged.   Trees were flattened.

“Yesterday was a tough day for our community,” said Walensky.

The Roaring River State Park remained closed Wednesday. Missouri State Parks released a statement from its director Bill Bryan saying, “As the waters recede, we will begin assessing any damage and will work diligently to get the park back in shape for guests to fish, camp and enjoy the outdoors.”

Hansen was surprised to find out the damage from Tuesday’s flash flood will not be covered by her business’ insurance policy.

“You cleanup and you have a flood sale, and you lose money,” said Hansen.  “You lose a lot of money.”​