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Coralville Lake business spends Labor Day weekend recovering from summer flooding

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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) -

The Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer.

It's one of the few chances a lot of people to get out and enjoy the water, but flooding earlier this summer stopped many from getting out on the water.

And that means some businesses at Coralville Lake took a hit.

Bill Kallaus' this Labor Day weekend is all about trying to recover.

"I'm just trying to make up for lost time," said Kallaus. "Trying to work extra hours, yeah that's pretty much what a guy has to do."

Kallaus owns Funcrest Dairy and Grill and the Bait and Tackle Shop at Coralville Lake, he says the flooding has impacted his bottom lines.

"They had the boat ramps closed, beaches closed and the fishing hole was closed too," said Kallaus. "Summer's been kind of bad with the flood, I've lost a whole month of business."

While flood waters sat over roads and closed several areas at the lake, he had no lake-goers stopping by his shops.

While business seems to be good now, he says he's lost at least $30,000-$40,000 worth of business.

He even had to deal with spoiled inventory including at least three gallons of bait and minnows.

Jenny Kelchen says the flooding impacted her time on the water.

"It's become a 2-year tradition with our friends," said Kelchen. "It's a good time and I'm glad the water is at a good level with that and that people can have a good time."

Meanwhile Kallaus just hopes he can starting fully recovering for what he's lost.

"They could possibly lower the dam, the water level in the dam in the spring, lower than it is," said Kallaus. "I just hope things get better."

Kallaus will be closing for the season right before Thanksgiving.

He's hoping between now and then, he gets a lot of business from people playing disc golf, to recover from lost business.

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