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Dyersburg opens up and cleans up after near record flood

(WMC-TV) - Businesses in Dyersburg are opening up and cleaning up after floods shut down parts of the city. Even though waters didn't reach as high as they did last year, residents say they're ready to move on. 

"We were much better prepared, last year was a real eye opener," said business owner Jimmy Deese. 

South Main in Dyersburg was back open Thursday as businesses there continued their clean up.  Less than a week ago, the town's main thoroughfare was completely covered with water. Now, business owners are cleaning up from yet another flood.

"The one hundred year flood has happened twice now so we expect it again and we'll be prepared for it," Deese said.

For Deese, this year's flood wasn't a total loss. He was able to salvage most of his office furniture by putting it on a lift.

"We were notified by the city that the flood was on her way, so we got 'er done," he said.

But Dyersburg still has a few flooded streets, and city officials estimate about a $140,000 in damage to homes and businesses.

Meanwhile, damage estimates for parts of flooded Dyer County aren't complete, because some areas near the Mississippi are still inaccessible because of high water. 

"They got a lot of damage in the Finley community, in the Richwood community," said Dyersburg Mayor John Holden.

Some business owners along South Main Street say they won't reopen, after two major floods a year apart.

"Across the street, they're still out, the Dairy Queen is still out and it's of course another nail, and it's gonna be hard to overcome," Deese said.

Dyer County officials say FEMA representatives will be there in less than a week assessing damage for themselves and also taking damage reports from flooded out residents. 

If you've been affected by this year's flood, you can call FEMA toll free at 1-800-621-FEMA.

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