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Columbia businesses cleaning up after flooding


The intense rain Wednesday brought flooding to the Eastgate Plaza area off of East Broadway.

The UPS Store in the plaza suffered water damage during the storm and was forced to close early. On Thursday, Neville and Sons carpet cleaning and water damage restoration company was at the store.

Cleanup company owner Kevin Neville said it could take up to 10 days to get the store back to normal.

"We were able to go in and extract all of the standing water and now we'll wait for the landlord to decide what they want to do as far as tearing the carpet out and cutting into the walls to dry everything out," Neville said.

The flooding happened after a second wave of storms dropped heavy downpours on Mid-Missouri on Wednesday afternoon. The heavy rain led to a flood advisory in Boone County and water went over several roads. The weather station at the University of Missouri's Sanborn Field measured 2.02 inches of rain Wednesday.

Neville said this water damage is not much different than what would be seen after a hurricane. The water is considered contaminated resulting in the need to remove items such as carpet and drywall.

The store's shipping boxes were also damaged. Neville said the store might have suffered about $30,000 to $40,000 in damage.

Sandbags are in front of the building and the store confirmed there was a similar incident about three weeks ago during intense rain.

Neville suggests the plaza getting a waterproofing company to address the run off issue from the Hinkson Creek behind the plaza.

The water not only leaked into multiple buildings but caused pavement to crack in parking areas.

The building next to the plaza housing Integrity Realty was also affected by the flooding.

The City of Columbia Stormwater Utilities said the plaza is privately owned making it up to the property owner to fix the problems.

The plaza is operated by Columbia based TKG Management and business owners say the plaza is owned by The Kroenke Group.

TKG Management agreed that this is not a city-based issue and is the property owner's responsibility.

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Chanel Porter

Chanel joined ABC 17 News in January 2021 after graduating from Penn State University. She enjoys traveling and a daily iced coffee.


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