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Families Deal With Flood Aftermath

Updated: April 27, 2013 05:33 PM CDT

A week after the crest, the damage remains and the cleanup is still underway. 

Many, like Barry Brown in Moline, IL, are still waiting for the water to go down so clean up can start. 

"All this stuff will have to be cleaned up, I'll have to get an un-loader in here and load all that stuff in the dump trucks," he says of the debris in his bar's parking lot. 

Len Brown's North Shore Inn has been in the Brown family for almost half a century, so they've seen their fair share of floods over the years.  

Brown says this year's flood is up there with some of the worst. 

"We've lost all our parking lot, just the crest of the road was dry," Brown says. 

He says during the flood they lost about 40 to 50 percent of their normal business and have a lot of cleanup to do before things can go back to normal.  

"It was practically knee deep in debris on the west parking lot until we took a snow plow truck and pushed it into a big pile," Brown says. 

At the Red Cross in Moline, crews have handed out 200 clean up kits to families in need. 

Reps there say many are still without a home, 11 residents are still staying at the Davenport Red Cross shelter, and there's so much more work to go.  

"Once families start getting back into their homes, we know they're going to need materials to clean their homes and we will be looking at some mobile feeding," Red Cross Site Director Jolene Carpenter says. 

Both the Red Cross and the Browns say there are weeks of cleanup work ahead of them. 

But despite years of dealing with flood after flood, Brown says they'd never sell the family business. Instead, keeping it in the family and cashing in on the 'flood business.' 

"The people that live down here, they're all going to go to the bar, during the floods, they've got nothing to do but watch the water come up, and they've all got boots!" Brown says. 

If you are affected by flooding, there are resources to help.

IL Individual Assistance Programs: http://www.state.il.us/iema/disaster/ida_forms.htm

IL Low-Interest Loan Program: http://bit.ly/ycotwe

IA Individual Assistance Program: http://bit.ly/9a6m1i

List of IL Emergency Management Agencies: http://www.iema.illinois.gov/iema/contacts/contacts.htm

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