A long road of cleanup for businesses after weekend’s flash flood

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Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 5:50 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The power of Saturday’s flooding shows with the plant store Drips Botanical Elements.

The rushing water pushed a heavy planter a football field away.

“The water was up, this was the waterline here,” said Tres Johnson, Drips Botanical Elements.

More than a foot of water rushed inside, three feet outside drowned a number of plants. While this Omaha business has only been in place for a year, it’s easy to see the connection it has to customers.

“People showed up to start cleaning up. They brought food and water and people even donated through Venmo and Paypal,” said Johnson.

We lost pretty much everything last night. I am grateful that people want to help, but I’m not sure what that entails....

Posted by Drips Botanical Elements on Sunday, August 8, 2021

At Vis Major Brewing Company on 35th and Center, flooding damaged the basement where the beer gets made. It’s bad enough that the owners aren’t sure when it will reopen.

Through social media, the owner thanked the employees and customers for riding out the storm of uncertainty Saturday night.

An anxious time for the staff and customers.

“You could tell she was a little shaken by it,” said AJ Bernhardt of Auto Body Concepts.

At 50th and Saddle Creek outside of Auto Body Concepts, the remnants of major flooding still remain. High water stalled a handful of cars, where there wasn’t even power to open a window to escape.

“She tried to make it across the street and got caught. The car died and police had to break the windows just to get her out. It was pretty crazy through here,” said Bernhardt.

From hail in Bellevue to newly created lakes in the midtown intersections, the weekend storm left behind a trail of damage.

Homeowners and business owners alike are waiting to catch a break after a year and a half of starts and stops because of COVID and a multi-million dollar windstorm this summer knocking out power and tearing down shade trees.

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