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Flood Supplies Scarce at QC Stores

Updated: April 18, 2013 08:51 PM CDT
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Rising rivers and creeks, combined with our recent heavy rains, have left many in our area with basement full of water. And that is emptying store shelves. "I'm hearing a lot of surprise at how quickly it came up," says Kortney Gaura with K&K True Value Hardware.

She points to a shelf and tells us, "These were full of shop vacs earlier today." Then she breaks off, saying, "And, I think there's someone who wants one now." In fact, in just minutes, three customers took the last three shop vacs off the shelves. One of them, Kevin Andre from New Windsor. He tells Gaura, "I want the biggest one I can get." She says, "Well the biggest one I have right now is this one. The biggest I can get is a different thing."  "No," Andre tells her. "I'll take that." He says this morning marks the first time he's seen water in his basement, and he wants it gone.

He's not alone.  We found Jordon Russell Williams waiting in the Plumbing Department with two other customers for sump pumps to arrive as part of an emergency shipment. "I've been waiting for longer than 20 minutes," he tells us. "I've actually been out in the parking lot waiting for the truck to show up."

That theme was holding strong at Hayman's Ace Hardware. Owner Mark Hayman says, "We normally open at 7:30. This morning we opened before 7, because we had so many people calling. The flood hit so hard in the middle of the night and everybody's waking up to flooded basements." Flooding into his store, forcing Hayman to make a quick trip to the warehouse he uses an hour away.

He says it is now empty. Staffers there are trying to get product from the manufacturer. But he's got some on his shelves. "We're doing pretty good. We've still got probably a dozen sump pumps on the shelf." Of course, how long they'll stay there is another story. Hayman says, "The shelves were full an hour ago. They're going quick."