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Elkader businesses recovering from flooding

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ELKADER (KWWL) -

Main street in Elkader is getting back to normal again.

During the past week, businesses were threatened by flooding from the nearby Turkey River. "It was something that you hoped you didn't have to go through again," said Dave Wilke.

One of those businesses is Wilke's Grocery Store. They went through the 2008 floods. "We probably had three feet or more of water and it ruined everything," added Dave.

So this time around they remained open, taking several precautions. "It was virtually an army of people working, on the wall outside, we had every aisle in here had people trying to get stuff off the shelf, get it all packed up," Dave said.

Now things are starting to go back to normal, but they're still busy re-stocking shelves trying to get things back in order. "We're still having to make sure that everything is in the correct place and we've got proper signs and some of that work is still going on."

Although they were spared from flooding this time around, people say the community effort was unbelievable.  

Some other businesses in the area closed in case things got really bad. A few did have some flooding. 

Clayton County officials are asking people who haven't reported flood damage -- to do so. You should call Clayton County Emergency Management.

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