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Businesses struggle to clean up from hail storm

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Home owners weren't the only ones hit by Monday's storm.  A number of businesses also flooded, especially along Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs.

People said the water in the parking lot at Milt's Coffee Shop was up to their knees and eventually it went rushing into nearby businesses, creating a huge mess.

The area along Platte Avenue is no stranger to flooding, but some said this is the worst they have ever seen.
Heber Bustillos owner of Bustillos Appliances had water pour into his store.  "Inside around 4 or 5 inches inside.  Here, oh my goodness.  2 feet easy" he said.

Sharon Miyamoto, the owner of Milt's Coffee Shop said they got hit too.  

"People would drive by and it would just send waves coming through and slam up against the door and the water was coming in," said Miyamoto.

It wasn't just water that came in.  Hail, dirt, tree branches, even trash made its way inside some of the businesses, which made clean up even harder 

We asked Bustillos how long he had been cleaning and he said, "All morning.  Around 3 hours already." 

And some businesses couldn't event open because it.      

"It's a good hit to us that we don't get the income from it, said Miyamoto.

And for a small business that's a big deal.

"We may do a small amount compared to these big commercial businesses, but a thousand dollars a day is huge for us.  We anticipate that income coming in," said Miyamoto.

It was hard on some of their regulars too.

"Here I am I show up and its closed," said Ron Perez.

He said he's been going to Milt's Coffee Shop for 20 years and he can't remember it ever being closed.

"Yeah I was bummed out today not getting my coffee,  but there's always tomorrow."

The whole mess was caused by a drain getting clogged up by hail and debris.  Workers at Milt's said once the plow trucks came through and cleared it out the water went down in just minutes, but Miyamoto said its been a problem for years and its time the city comes up with a more permanent fix.
Until then they'll just finish cleaning up the mess, replace the carpet, and try to get things back to normal starting Wednesday morning when they reopen. 

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