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Flood-hit businesses struggle to restore customer volume

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) – Some Nebraska and Iowa businesses are still struggling to recover from flooding that damaged their properties or otherwise kept customers away from their doors.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimated that in Nebraska alone, more than 1,000 businesses were affected by March’s severe weather.

Recurring flooding continued into May and June in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, especially along the Missouri River.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that business boosters are saying that towns and businesses haven’t been wiped out and they need customers now more than ever.

And they’re taking extra steps to get that word out. In Knox County in northeast Nebraska is handing out maps so visitors can navigate flood-damaged roads and bridge reconstruction. A Harley-Davidson store in Iowa’s Pacific Junction threw a party at the end of June to celebrate the dealership’s return to its regular location after cleaning up and repairing soggy drywall.

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