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Waverly business rebuilds with future floods in mind

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by Danielle Wagner

WAVERLY (KWWL)  Ecker's Flowers and Greenhouses in Waverly lost 90 percent of its inventory and equipment during the flood of 2008.

The business has been family run for 65 years. After the flood, the Eckers wanted to minimize damage from any future floods.

"We are working on a second floor level we have that's already in existence, but bringing that up to date so it becomes prime second floor real estate that we could take a lot of our inventory," said owner Cyndi Ecker.

In the main shop, the floor is now ceramic tile and any carpet can easily be removed. The new cooler can be elevated anywhere from 18 to 42 inches. The check-out counter can also be raised. In the basement, the floors are painted instead of carpeted and storage is kept to a minimum.

"Our water heater is on an outlet as opposed to being directly wired, so if that would happen we can unplug it and remove it. Our boiler, which was severely damaged and took $16,000 to get reoperational again, but we have arranged with the boiler installer and they will remove it in the event of a flood emergency," said Ecker.

Ecker hopes another flood doesn't happen but she said as with any disaster, it's best to be prepared.

Cyndi Ecker said to repair the flower shop and greenhouse it cost $160,000. The Ecker's rebuilt with help from a Small Business Administration Disaster Loan, it's a lower interest loan spread out over a longer period of time. The Eckers also qualified for Jumpstart money to help buy down the SBA loan.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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