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Walker Recovers One Week Later

WALKER, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) – “It was a nightmare,” said the owner of Sherbon’s Market, Jane Meisheid.

It was a nightmare that had never happened before, not even in the memory of those who have lived in Walker for decades. One week later, Walker is still cleaning up from one of its worst floods.

“It’s a mess, but it’s nice to see your town come around and support you,” said a worker at Sherbon’s Market, Jami McKee.

One of the most damaged buildings in the town is Sherbon’s Market. It was a cornerstone of the small community that came out to help with the cleanup effort.

“So much so that we actually had to turn people away,” said Meisheid.

“It’s funny, you hear everybody say, ‘Oh I need a gallon of milk, I’ll just run down to Sherbon’s.” You can’t do that anymore,’ said McKee.

“I knew that we had a role in the community, but I think I’m beginning to feel the depth of the role," said Meisheid. "Even myself, I’m used to coming down here and buying my own groceries. We have to go someplace else now.”

All because of a flood that caught everyone by surprise. The water along the street next to Sherbon’s was waist-high. One problem that local residents are experiencing in the cleanup is a lack of flood insurance.

Since walker is not in a flood plain, it wasn’t considered susceptible to flooding so virtually no one has flood insurance. At Sherbon’s, the groceries left with the flood waters. There’s no money to repair that part of the store.

“Part of that goes into the reason we’re not going to rebuild,” said Meisheid. “We’ve been here 33 years, our equipment is kind of old and we can’t start over and replace that.”

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