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Cleaning Up Flood Damage at Gay's

It has been almost two weeks since parts of northeastern and central Pennsylvania were ravaged by floodwaters, and for many, the cleanup and recovery is just beginning.

At Gay's True Value Hardware in Tunkhannock, workers have been cleaning merchandise by hand for days.

"We got about nine-and-a-half feet of water on our main floor and it also got into our warehouse, got onto the second floor of our warehouse. That’s where we moved everything upstairs, so we lost an awful lot," said store owner Dave Gay.

Only employees are permitted inside Gay's store for now because of buckled floors. Inside, a worker told us loose grass seed has started to spout in the most unusual places, showing Newswatch 16 a stapler with grass growing from it.

"In the bulk and it overflowed and now wherever it is in the store, it is now sprouting, in the pegboard, in the equipment, all over," said Harold Bartron.

Using brushes, hoses, buckets and their hands, the store workers are cleaning everything from bolts to rakes to wheel barrows.

"When I drove by Gay's True Value, all I saw was the sign True Value and maybe three or four inches underneath the sign was water and I just thought, wow, you know. I just imagined everything in it was pretty much ruined or done, so even a couple of weeks later, I see mud washed out on the side of the roads," said Shawn Zupa, who stopped by the hardware store Tuesday.

The inside of the shop may still be a wreck, but it will be ready to reopen soon. Thanks to the hard work of Gay's employees and the support of the community.

"The hose company and the ambulance association and the people from Baptist Bible, everybody's been here. The high school kids, the football team, everybody's been down here and so it's been quite a good outpouring of community help," said Dave Gay.

Gay said he plans a flood sale sometime next week at his store in Tunkhannock.



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