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Flooded Hardware Store Reopens

A hardware store in Wyoming County swamped by the Susquehanna River one month ago is open again.

Gay's True Value in Tunkhannock is slowly getting back to full operation after taking on nine feet of water.

Seeing customers coming back is making a month full of hard clean-up work worth it for workers and owners. Some were still busy scrubbing and spraying even as customers browsed.

"I missed our customers terrible. I was glad to see them coming back," said worker Glenda Chapin.

"It's really nice. We have an awful lot of loyal customers. They keep coming back and trying to help us out," said owner Doug Gay.

The store isn't fully open yet. On sale now are items salvaged from the flood and cleaned up. Just about everything is 50 percent off, but even getting open that much took a huge effort.

Just a month ago the Susquehanna River surrounded the store, the highest ever at a place that is used to flooding.

"I just couldn't believe it when they opened the building and let us in. Everything was all over, scattered all over," Chapin said.

The water in the store was more than nine feet high.  A month later, there are still fans to help dry it out here, but within a week they are hoping to have new inventory on the shelves.

"I haven't been in it since and I'm shocked that it's in as good of a shape as it is already so that's really great," said customer Mary Ann Ludwig.

Friday was the first time since the flood that customers were seeing the inside.

There is still grass growing in spots after seed spilled and floated everywhere, but cleanup is nearly complete and Gay's is open.

Customers see that as a big accomplishment.

"I think it's great because they're so handy to have here. I needed paint and I didn't want to run all the way to Dickson City to go to Home Depot or Lowes," Ludwig added.

The owner of Gay's said they keep going flood after flood because they've been doing it forever and just don't know what else to do.


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