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Manchester business nearly back to normal after floods

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MAQUOKETA (KWWL) -

The Maquoketa River in Manchester now back below flood levels, and many businesses are back to normal or close to it, after the river rose out of its banks last week.

Dave and Cookie Cole, owners of Bushel and a Peck, are dealing with the aftermath of the eighth flood they've dealt with at their small business.

"We had a three foot wall. They predicted 17 feet. It went to 20-21, so of course it came over the berm," Cookie said.

Everything looks back to normal, but there are signs that they aren't quite there yet.

There wasn't enough carpet available to replace the carpet they lost.

Water damaged boxes dry behind the store in the sun.

A foot and hand print left in concrete softened by the flooding.

It all adds up to a costly fix, Cookie says.

"This is our eighth flood. It's going to be up there. More than what you want to think," she said.

But they're keeping spirits high and are back to selling, thanks in large part to their family.

"We could not do it if we did not have our family. We couldn't. Our son, daughters, daughter in laws, grandkids, son in laws, they work their little tushies off. They'll probably be glad when we retire," she said.

And she knows it could've been much worse if it wasn't for the community she loves.

"The sad thing, something so ugly, and it is ugly, it really brings the little town together. I bet we had 30-40 people down here, half of them I didn't even know," she said.

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