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Downtown Brookings business owners cleaning up after flooding

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Sunday’s severe weather caused headaches for several business owners in Brookings.

“You could see the storm drain on the corner, the water was just shooting out of it, you couldn't see the curb or anything like that....so it was a lot of rain in a very short time,” said Jay Vanduch with TV Productions, Inc in Brookings.

As Vanduch’s video captured Sunday night, it was far more rain than the city street’s could handle.

“It came through and it came up about 3 inches on this brick by the front and then it came all the way back, not to the first concrete poll but the second one, so its probably about 30 feet back,” said Patty Kratochbil, the owner of Threads of Memories Antique Mall in Downtown Brookings.

Many business owners around the downtown area were busy Monday trying to dry out the rainwater that came pouring through the front door.

“I just started grabbing things to try and stop the water from coming in,” said Vanduch.

Some people were able to get their products and equipment out of the way, but others are dealing with some losses.

“In an antique store you've got all kinds of things, furniture, boxes of things, dishes sitting on the floor, there'd be a box that might be holding paper goods and those are things that are damaged most are the paper goods,” said Kratochbil.

Hours after Sunday's flash floods, disaster struck again.

"The second disaster started a couple hours afterwards I think we started hearing sirens around 8 O'clock and I was notified there was potentially a fire in one of our downtown buildings," said Kristin Heismeyer, the Executive Director with Downtown Brookings.

The massive fire destroyed a city-owned maintenance building; while the fire was contained, its still affecting nearby homes and businesses.

"Businesses around the fire are going to end up with some smoke damage," said Heismeyer.

Despite the damage this Sunday, the natural disasters are drawing the community closer together.

"Whether that was pulling each other through the water last night or going to a businesses door today to make sure everything's alright," said Heismeyer.


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