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Homes and businesses in Gilbertville are starting to tackle the flood clean-up. 

Cedar River Milling, a family-owned feed business in Gilbertville, is one that was hit hard by flooding. 

But this isn't the first time they've seen flooding in the nearly twenty years they've been open. In 2008, they saw 4 ft. of water in their store. This year, they had 2 ft. 

The water has gone down in their store, but there's still water left around their lot. Water marks on the door show the 2 ft. of water that flooded the store. 

"We couldn't even come in for three days, I think it was," said owner Pat Delagardelle. 

Now, the clean-up is just beginning. 

Inside the store, only bare walls and fans running non-stop. The only items lining the walls are the ones just high enough to miss the water. 

The feed is high and dry. 

"We packaged up a lot of the feed and some farmers brought their wagons over, and we put it on that and they took it to a dry spot," said Delagardelle. 

Dwight Soper remembers a very different scene a few days ago when he came to pick up some bird feed. 

"I would've had to have a boat," said Soper. " And I didn't have a boat. The road was flooded and I couldn't get in."

There was enough damage to fill an entire dumpster. Delagardelle remembers filling multiple dumpsters after the flood in 2008. 

She says they're slowly cleaning up, but not back to business as usual quite yet.

"We're a week behind now, so a week without sales is very hard on me, because i'm just a small business," said Delagardelle. 

Delagardelle says she's thankful to have had help from some kind friends.

"Nonstop, the community, oh my gosh," said Delagardelle. "They're over here every five minutes. What can I help you with?"

Delagardelle says she's staying positive, as the community and her employees have been working around the clock to help get business back as usual. 

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