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Midwest flood victims finally getting to see the damage wrought on their homes, businesses

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BY CYNTHIA MONROY, KMEG

HORNICK, Iowa (CIRCA via KMEG)— The repairs to homes continue a week after residents were finally allowed back in to the small Iowa town of Hornick.

But it wasn't just homes lost but small businesses as well.

“First day we were allowed back into town, I walked in the store and I cried,” said Greg Crook, Owner of Leather & Hawgs, a well-known shop that opened in 2003.

“We are established, we have people from all over that come in as far away as Omaha and Sioux Falls,” said Crook.

Crook was one of the many displaced residents who returned to not only his home's basement and garage submerged in water but his business as well.

"Items were floating on the floor, all of our storage has been destroyed and I would say when it's all said and done that I lost 25 percent of my inventory,” he said.

After seeing the damage, community members stepped in to help Crook remove carpet and take out damaged products and furniture.

“It's like what do you do, you put 16 years into this place and watch the flood waters take it away from you,” said Crook.

Crook says this task is one he wouldn’t have been able to do on his own.

“If it wouldn’t have been for those people helping us, I couldn’t have done it myself,” said Crook.

Down the street, another business owner dealing with recovery says for many small businesses, it’s their livelihood.

“These business owners have been displaced like the homeowners but at the same time they lost their source of income,” said Curt Crichton, Hornick Fire Chief.

The town working together to get those businesses reopened and welcome there customers back.

“It’s important to get these businesses back up and going again, not only for someplace for the community to come and gather for support but there’s no two ways around it, it’s how we make a living,” said Crichton.

“We’ll rebuild, and we will go on from there,” said Crook.

Both business owners plan to begin renovations this upcoming week with hopes to reopen soon.

The town will also be hosting there annual pancake breakfast fundraiser on March 30th with all proceeds going towards flood relief.

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