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Madison Businesses Clean Up After Storms

May 7, 2012, 9:54 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Madison Businesses Clean Up After Storms
MADISON, SD -

Flooded Memorial Creek in Madison caused thousands of dollars in damage to homes and businesses as storms swept through the city over the weekend.

Nearly six inches of rain fell in Madison and more fell in other parts of Lake County.

Zane Bruns is part of a construction crew working to put new sewer and water lines in Madison. Instead of installing pipes, on Monday they were searching for equipment that washed away during the storms.

"Basically going through and trying to find what's missing for parts and kind of walking the creek and people's yards trying to find all of our stuff that had gotten washed away," Bruns said.

They also found merchandise washed down flooded Memorial Creek from Campbell's Supply, which is just a few blocks upstream from their job site.

Employees at Campbell's were also working to clean up their shop Monday.

"This is just a little pile here that we had just shoveled out from underneath our semi trailer and that's just one little area and we've got a lot of area to do yet," Campbell’s Supply manager Les Bulick said.

Across the street the damage is worse. The floodwater collapsed the basement of Madison Family Dental, washing out thousands of dollars worth of dental equipment that was housed in the basement.

"We have a new vacuum unit and compressor on order, which is very expensive. I've got to rebuild that foundation wall and the other kicker is I called my insurance and they said, 'Floods are excluded from the policy.'  So it looks like a bill I'm going to have to take care of on my own," dentist Troy Keyes said.

And the damage from the storms has put the Madison businesses out of business for at least the next few days.

"It's got us shut down probably all of this week. I'm hoping to be going maybe Thursday or Friday, but we'll see," Keyes said.

The manger at Campbell’s also says it will be a few days before their shop reopens.

"We're trying to get it cleaned up, but we'll be going in just a little while again. We just got to get some stuff cleaned up and get some different equipment and be ready to go," Bulick said.

The Lake County Emergency Manager says 90 homes and businesses across the county reported some type of damage from this weekend's severe weather.
 

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