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Flooding causes damage to downtown Edmond businesses

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EDMOND, Okla. - Ahead of one of downtown Edmond’s busiest weekends, several businesses are having to deal with flooding damage.

The owner of the Edmond Summit Company, John James, says in his seven years of business his store has flooded eight times, including Thursday night.

"We were 100 percent covered by an inch or two of water," James said.

After cleaning up, the store is almost back to normal. Thankfully, James says most merchandise was above the water line.

"All of our stock is off floor or on something with rollers, so we've learned after the first few," James said.

He says cleaning up is still costing him.

"It definitely costs man hours for cleanup and we were here till, I don't know, maybe 2:00 last night and then back early this morning to try to get a normal day of business in," James said.

Bigger trouble down the road at Filigree, a clothing boutique. Flooding not only swamped the floors, but it is dripping from the ceiling too.

Employees are trying to salvage what they can.

Callee Fischer works at the store and says she is overwhelmed by the damage.

"This room, it's gone basically. I mean it's fixable, but nothing in here is almost worth keeping," Fischer said as she pointed to a damaged room.

She says flooding ruined thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise and they cannot stay open this holiday weekend, so that is a loss too.

"4th of July we have so many people who come down for the parade," Fischer said. "Having new customers come in and see the store that, you know, they've never seen and that's a big thing we're going to miss out on.”

Employees at Filigree hope to reopen early next week.

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