UNION, MO (KTVI) - They might look like your average vinyl banners that read 'Now Open,' but for many in Union, Missouri they’re signs that things are slowly returning to normal.
“It was up to my nose in here, so it was about five feet,” says Lisa Jetmore, Jack in the Box district manager, referring to floodwaters.
Heavy rains and late December flooding left many Union businesses closed. The nearby Bourbeuse River made its way over soccer fields and parking lots, and into stores like the local Jack in the Box.
“It started to come up on that concrete wall by the soccer field,” says Chris Cairo, restaurant manager at the Jack in the Box. “I really didn't think it would get over it. It's amazing to me that it got that high.”
Franchise owner Kelly Kuhlman sent their Union employees to Washington, Sullivan, and Cuba, Missouri stores to continue working while the cleanup was ongoing.
“We put all the new walls and new exterior and all the new electricity and all the new plumbing,” says Jetmore. “Believe it or not, all that had to be pulled out. The conduit was full of river water, so all the electricity had to be pulled. So it's really a brand new store except for the roof.”
Monday marked the opening of their drive-in. On Friday, Franklin County residents began returning to their familiar stop for burgers and fries.
“You know we have a lot of regulars that we see daily and really care about them,” says Jetmore.
“So it's super excited to be back in the community.”