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Businesses closed due to flood damage

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 7:53 PM EDT
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WEST HAMLIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Not long after parents picked up their kids on Thursday night, a foot of water made its way inside Lincoln Daycare.

“When we opened the door, water started coming out at us, and when we looked in, toys were floating,” said Joann Adkins.

On Friday, the daycare had to close and the staff is unsure when they might be ready to reopen. They’ve ripped up the carpet and thrown out numerous books, toys, and puzzles.

Just up the road from the daycare, another business was torn apart. Dexter’s Body Shop sits just above the creek, and the bottom of the building was washed away. Those who live nearby can’t believe the extent of the damage.

“The front side of his garage, we knew it was going to go slowly, but we never dreamed that water would have done that,” said Lynette Adkins.

The flood even washed away a car, which now sits in the creek right in front of the damaged shop. Others in the neighborhood were outside to assess the damage. Elizabeth Callen came to check on her aunt, who had an entire garage swept away. It was full of her husband’s belongings. Callen says it’s the loss of the sentimental value attached to the items that hurts the most.

“Because it’s what she had left of him. It was just the two of them, so it really hit home,” Callen said.

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