Freeport Businesses Still Underwater

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Stephenson County residents are still recovering from the devastating flooding that ruined many homes and businesses.

“No, you can’t prepare for this,” said A+ Automotive Inc. Owner Mickey Monroe. “This is nature,”

Monroe arrived at his car dealership and repair shop to find nearly two dozen cars under water and mud covering the floors of the shop. He says this isn’t the first time its happened in the eight years he’s owned A+ Automotive. But, he’s shocked to see two feet of water inside his shop

“There’s equipment lost. we saved what we could. I had guys come in Saturday morning and they took care of everything for it.”

Monroe estimates he will have to stay closed anywhere from two weeks to a month, creating a financial burden he wasn’t prepared for.

“There’s lost business, lost revenue, the bills are still there. So, there’s some concern.”

The Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency sent out a public service announcement asking residents, like Monroe, to report any impact the storm made. The county will use that information in its disaster assistance request from the state.

“For residents of Stephenson County, that have received damage to their home,” said Director of Stephenson County EMA Robert Baker. “[To residents that have received damage to their] property, we wish to receive that information.”

“We’ve started to receive some calls. We probably actually expect the call volume to go up significantly probably this afternoon or evening.”

Despite all the mud inside A+ Automotive, Monroe is confident he’ll recover. But, he sympathizes with others who were hit harder.

“There’s other people in Pearl City, or down the road that got it worst than I did,” said Monroe. “I still have a place to live, I still have food. There’s a lot of people that lost everything. I lost a business, it’s not. This is something minor compared to what they got.”

More rain is expected to hit Stephenson County soon. But, emergency management officials don’t believe it’ll be enough to raise water levels and cause a new round of flooding.

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