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Millville bar reopens after storms cause extensive damage

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A popular Clayton County bar reopened this weekend, after storms caused its owners to close their doors for about a month.

"We got a lot of rain in a short amount of time," said Mike Landwehr, one of the owners.

"It's been a really tough month. We have had a number of people from the area that have showed up and rolled up their sleeves and helped us out. We really appreciate their efforts," he said.

Storms last month dumped seven or more inches on Clayton County in a very short amount of time, causing all kinds of issues for the bar, as well as surrounding homes and businesses.

"Most of our equipment was destroyed. We had empty freezers, cause we were waiting on a food delivery, that actually floated through the building. They became canoes, the water got that deep," he said.

Landwehr says they had about 18 inches of water standing in the bar at one point.

And just when they thought they would turn the corner and get everything cleaned and replaced, another storm rolled through, causing another round of flooding.

"We were just before the point of professional cleaners coming in to disinfect and dry everything out, and we got hit by the storm of July 19, and we got another seven inches," he said.

He said the timing of all of it couldn't be worse.

"We've missed probably the busiest month of the year for us. And we're looking forward to actually making some money instead of spending lots of money trying to get this place restored."

But they were able to reopen their doors to the public this weekend, and said big crowds came out to welcome them back.

"It feels awesome. We're very tired of dealing with a mess, and we want to get back to business as normal."

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