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Water main break in downtown Sioux Falls makes a hectic day for businesses

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A water main break in downtown Sioux Falls brought Phillips Avenue to a standstill Friday morning.

Outside later in the day, you could hardly tell anything happened that morning.

But inside, it's business as usual for some, and an early spring cleaning for others.

It was a busy Friday morning for downtown businesses but not in a good way.

A Touch of Europe owner Natasha Skots said "I see two missed calls, same number and I see voicemail and I just listen to voicemail really quick and it says police department and we want you to call us back. I call back and they said that Touch of Europe's basement is full of water."

"I'm frustrated. And I'm just... I'm sad," Skots added.

And water isn't the only thing collecting in downtown basements.

Bechtold Jewelry manager Paul Bechtold said "we have a few more records and old records, diamonds we sold and business records, just stuff that collects where it's out of sight. This gives us a great opportunity to finally clean up our lower area of the store."

JL Beers general manager Brian Wilson said "we're very fortunate in the fact that we didn't get any water. I feel horrible. I mean our hearts and prayers go out to a Touch of Europe, the Taqueria and the jewelry stores."

But on the surface, crews returned Phillips Avenue to normal, just in time for lunch.

"Our phones have been ringing off the hook since early this morning wondering if we are open , we put out our social media blast to let everybody know that we are open today, and as you can see we're filling up quite fast," Wilson said.

And underneath the water and mud is a bright side.

"Once we've got it dried out maybe some repainting and putting some new carpet in, it's probably going to be a positive thing , really, so every dark cloud has a silver lining I guess," Bechtold said.

Many businesses had their basements flooded and were open by the time the water was turned back on.

But a Touch of Europe is located underground, so they will have some more clean up to do.

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