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Downtown Sioux Falls Flood Cleanup

February 21, 2014, 5:55 PM by Perry Groten

Downtown Sioux Falls Flood Cleanup
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Fans and de-humidifiers are going full blast in the aftermath of a water line break in downtown Sioux Falls.  The line that feeds a fire hydrant at 12th and Phillips broke Friday morning. Water flowed into the basements of businesses including Touch of Europe and Bechtold Jewelry.

Crews from Mustang Disaster Cleanup arrived on the scene within minutes. But they couldn't get into full cleanup mode until the water finally started going down. At Bechtold Jewelry, that didn't happen until late Friday morning.

A basement full of murky water took the luster off the start of the work day at Bechtold Jewelry.

"When I approached our building, I saw water flowing down the sidewalk I said, I don't like the looks of this," Paul Bechtold of Bechtold Jewelry said.

And it doesn't look any better from the basement. The flooding didn't affect business upstairs. But a half-foot of standing water downstairs presented a tall order to clean up.

"It's mostly just storage area downstairs and old record-keeping. Yeah, it's a mess. It's not something you want to have happen, but there's worse things," Bechtold said.

Cleanup crews sloshed through the basement hauling in hoses and pulling up wet carpets. 

"Then we can start getting our equipment in here, get things dried-down hopefully get their business back to normal as quickly as possible," Mustang Disaster Cleanup owner Tracy Comp said.

The wet basement isn't dampening spirits at the store.

"It's kind of a blessing in disguise. We've been meaning to clean that basement for a long time, this gives us an excuse to get that done," Bechtold said.

Water is collecting in this corner storage room below the jewelry store. And as you can see, the water is past my ankles.

"This one's pretty bad though, I mean, it flooded their entire basement," Comp said.

The cleanup crews retrieving valuables had to move quickly upstream against the swift currents of time. 

Mustang Disaster Cleanup says it will take up to four days for the basement to be completely dried.

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