FENTON, MO. - While many forced from their homes and businesses by flooding are starting to clean up, parts of Old Towne Fenton are still closed down, waiting for the water to recede.
"All this wood has to be replaced," explained Mark Seemayer, the owner of Joe Clark’s Bar and Grill. Seemayer is still dealing with at least an inch or two of water inside his Old Towne Fenton restaurant.
"It's all mostly mud and water."
This time around, the restaurant filled up with 9 feet of water, which is one foot lower than the levels in 2015.
"We're getting down to the point where we're washing the walls and the equipment off."
Just up the street, Tosti’s Transmission and Auto Repair sprayed down its building. And swept up sand and debris, not to mention the renovations it will need to do on the inside.
"Gutting the office, getting rid of all the insulation and dry wall," said its owner, John Tosti,
Many R-V owners are still displaced, temporarily staying in the Gravois Bluff Shopping Center parking lot, until the water in their R-V parks subsides.
"My shed is floating in the middle of the field, my dog pen is still down there, my motorcycle is still there," said Daisy Coppedge, who was displaced by floods.
For the Seemayers, the next steps will be replacing the floors, dry wall, and putting in a new electrical system.
"Just keep cleaning it up and reopen as fast as possible so that we don’t lose our employees, they have to get back to work."
Portions of Gravois, and several of the surrounding streets, remain closed indefinitely.
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