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The rain may have stopped and flood waters are on the rise. One local business has to close over the holiday weekend because of flooding.

Yesterday, director of Davenport Public Works Mike Clarke said the city would help all businesses that need it.

"Whenever we hear that there's a need we respond whether it's sandbags or Hesco's or whatever it takes we're going to get what's needed to keep these businesses open," said Clarke.

But one business in the west end says they called and aren't getting any help.

And it's going to cost them big time because they have to shut down this holiday weekend.

"I can't express what that meant to feel absolutely helpless and watching all dogs be carried out and they came and said let us help," said owner of Pet Pals, a kennel and grooming business, Margee Marsengill.

She said they had to find a place for the 2 dozen pets who were supposed to stay here over the long holiday weekend.

"I had to close the doors, but I'd rather close the doors then call somebody say your dog died," said Marsengill.

She said she'll lose $12,000 because she can't stay open and she's blaming the city.

"We're seeing the city go through the flood waters and deliver to our neighboring businesses over here, nothing coming to us," said Marsengill.

She said she called public works on Monday to get four loads of sand. They showed up within a half hour with one load, saying they'd be back.

"He left and we never saw anyone again," said Marsengill. "I kept calling and calling and they'd just take my name and number and that was it."

Something public works director Mike Clarke said was a trail of conversations that became disconnected...

"We need sand, I don't know how that could be miscommunicated," said Marsengill.

Clarke declined to speak on camera today, but said they will use this incident as an example of where they can improve as a department.

Marsengill said they're having to make do with 4 dozen sandbags instead of four truck loads of sand and their pump.

"We have massive leaks, which we have right now our pump has just been barely able to keep up with it," said Marsengill.

She said the hallways of her facility echo, still empty where usually barking can be heard.

"We're just hoping to get dogs back here soon," said Marsengill.

She said they're hoping to have dogs back into their facility as early as Saturday, if the river crests and starts to go back down on Friday. Regardless she said they will wait until it's safe to bring the animals back.

 

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