Some Bartonville businesses drying up after flood

By Denise Jackson

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 9:16 PM CDT

BARTONVILLE,IL--Traffic could resume soon on U-S Route 24 at Adams and McKinley in Bartonville which shut down yesterday due to flooding.

But for businesses in that area cleanup could take much longer.

Britnie Dugger has moved her salon equipment and spa to the second floor of the building here in Bartonville. Late Thursday evening her worst nightmare became a reality.

"Around five-thirty it reached the top of our retaining wall and started pouring in, so we had to get everything off as fast as we could upstairs. The whole bottom level of our salon is ruined, the flooring and it went over the trimwork," she said.

Dugger is cleaning out mud from flood waters that saturated the first floor. Other businesses like Mcdonald's and Hardees remain closed, because parking lots are still submerged in water. Across the street at Better Banks flooding is not a problem so it's business as usual. But bank officials like some residents were without power for a while Thursday night.

"We were actually here in the building last night until about one o'clock. Cilco was outside working so they had crews here getting everybody back powered up," said Better Banks President Bob Mowrer.

The situation is not over as Central Illinois rivers are expected to crest next week and flooding could get worse. Some businesses like Keystone manufacturing in Bartonville have placed sandbags in lowlying areas in back of the plant in hopes of staying dry. As for Britnie Dugger she may have to keep salon equipment upstairs until mother nature completes its course.

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