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High Water Means Big Bucks for Some Businesses, Big Cleanup for Others

March 15, 2019 10:58 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Flooding across the region is forcing many homeowners and businesses to jump into recovery mode, but others are hoping the weather will help them cash in.

At The Windrift Lounge near Austin Friday morning, fans were running all over the restaurant after several inches of water seeped into the building Thursday night. Outside, a Bobcat circled the property, pushing snow away from the building and creating piles to hold back ponding water on nearby fields.

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Folks at the restaurant said they believe a frozen culvert was to blame for their water woes, but despite a curveball, they were determined to reopen on Friday.

At Runnings in Austin, there was a different kind of flood: a flood of customers seeking cleanup supplies due to flooded basements.

"Sump pumps and all the accessories, hoses, stuff like that have been a real hot ticket over the last few days," store manager Everett Hackensmith said.

Once those sump pumps stop running and the basement is dry, some homeowners explore more permanent fixes for their flooding issues, American Waterworks design specialist Ryan Powell said. Within hours of the Austin Home and Vacation Expo opening Friday afternoon at Packer Arena, he had fielded multiple questions from area residents hoping to make this flood their last.

"We've had a huge influx of phone calls, especially over this last couple days," he said. "Our office is ringing off the hook, scheduling people to come out and take a look and fix their basements."

When it comes to keeping homes dry, preparation is key, and Hackensmith said Runnings is prepared for whatever wild weather Mother Nature could throw our way.

"Our company is kind of bad weather emergency-related so we're able to react very quickly and get the stores stocked up on the stuff that we need," he said.

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Logan Reigstad

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