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Businesses on H Street adjust to last week’s flood

first_imgBrownlee Heating and Air is open for business, just not on H Street.Wellington Wheel Alignment and Brake is open for business today, but there is still plenty of left to clean up (by the way look at the condition of the street).by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been a week since Wellington incurred an 8.22-inch monsoon that has left its citizens scrambling to clean up ever since. There are hundreds of stories of flooding during the May 7-8 thunderstorm, but few, if any, areas were as hard hit as Wellington’s H Street business district, stretching between 16th and 12th Street. Brownlee Heating and Air, which sells and maintains Bryant Heating and Cooling System products, has probably the largest upheaval. His business, formerly located at 903 North H St., has been moved to 802 North A Street. His new phone number is 620-440-8999. Roger Brownlee, the owner, said he has been running on fumes since the storm hit central Wellington with a vengeance and never relinquished its grip for over 12 hours. He is also the owner of the Wellington’s Daylight Donuts. “I get sleep here and there,” Brownlee said. “You get up early in the morning to make donuts and run the business, then you have all this cleanup to do down at the shop.” Brownlee estimates he lost $5,000 to $6,000 worth of business, including a $3,000 heating/air unit that was sitting in his shop when an estimated 22 inches of rising water flooded in during the wee Wednesday morning hours. Brownlee said he doesn’t have flood insurance which one has to get from the government and is terribly expensive. He also rents but does not have rental insurance. Inside the business he lost parts, equipment, desks, chairs the surveillance equipment, desks, chairs, DVR,  and other miscellaneous items. He continues to dry out the place. He said flooding has not been something he thought too much about since he never had a problem with water coming into the shop since owning the business. He said he was told that the last time there was floodwater in that building’s location, it was during a ferocious storm in the late 1970s. And it was nothing like this. But, although the business location and telephone number has changed, he wants to make sure people know, he is still in business. ——— Down the road to the south, Wellington Wheel Alignment and Brake at 723 North H Street, re-opened its doors for business today.  The timing of the storm couldn’t have been more unfortunate for owner Scott Heatherington. He was in the process of starting a new car dealership on 707 North G and was collecting cars at his repair shop while trying to obtain a dealer’s license. Heatherington estimates he has lost $60,000 worth of cars, none insured. Like Brownlee, he estimates he had about two feet of water and seeping mud inside. A step-down work station which he used to work on cars was completely filled with water. “I was pretty lucky as far as equipment is concerned,” Heatherington said. “I’m guessing we lost around $5,000 to $6,000 there. But things like our saws were still working even though they were under water.” Just last night, he, his wife and employees were pulling out power cords from their small electronics and getting them replaced. Like Brownlee, Heatherington had no flood insurance of any kind. “It would cost me $450 a month which is outrageous,” Heatherington said. “Considering up to this point we didn’t have much of any water ever getting into the shop, and I’ve been here since 2005, it never was a high priority as far as expenses are concerned. ——— Kevin Dodds, an antique collector, rented a shop on the H Street strip to store his antique collectables. His shop may have incurred 32 inches of rain Wednesday morning. “We are estimating we lost $2,500 and that is not counting the power tools to see if they survived,” he said. “Also, we had $1,000 worth of damage in our freezer and lost a third of it.” ——— As far as governmental help, although Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has declared Sumner County in her disaster emergency declaration it only authorizes the use of state resources and state personnel to assist with responsibility and recovery operations in affected counties. In order to obtain assistance, that would have to be a federal program. Sumner County Emergency Management reports that a federal declaration will need to occur and it would have to include authorization for individual assistance before federal FEMA funding would be available.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down charlie · 65 weeks ago My Grandparents lived in a house located on 11th and H when I was a kid in the ’50s. My Great Grandma lived next door North. Neither house is there anymore. I remember the Rock Island slough flooding across H street lots of times and entering their houses. It would also flood Porters Market which is now H&R Block. The bridge at 9th street was still there. Or was it 10th? Can’t remember. Report Reply 0 replies · active 65 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Still Blessed! · 65 weeks ago charlie-I remember it well, there wasn’t any bridge from 15th street to 16th street either. We use to play on old concrete remains of bridge & fish for bullheads in slough when we lived on Blaine. We use to ride our bicycles in water flooding H street for fun. Yes, it has occurred many times before, and city allowing new apartments or duplexes north of the car wash is just plain stupid. That area use to be a dump area with concrete etc. buried in it. Oh well, only the ‘old timers’ remember such things. Report Reply 1 reply · active 65 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 65 weeks ago You old timers never hesitate to come on here and tell us your old time Wellington stories. I find Wellington’s history to be fascinating. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Vick helpingstine · 65 weeks ago Live on H street … house total disaster too ya know ! & we had just finished remodeling… so there were plenty of others non business that for the hit but the flood…. but thanks to the police department for the 3am back door knocking saying you have to leave …. yep we’re we’re trying to put stuff down so didn’t get worse … minutes back door opened for them gates of hell of water rolled thru Report Reply 0 replies · active 65 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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