Southeast Missouri homeowners, companies gear up for flood cleanup efforts

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Although the Mississippi River crested on Friday, homes and businesses affected by the high waters may have to wait to clean up what the rain left behind.

Restoration companies in southeast Missouri are ready to provide their services, but in some cases they can’t work on a building until the waters have receded. Although the floodwaters have peaked, many buildings still have too much ground water for the companies to do their job.

Additionally, much of the flood damage is not insured, so residents and business owners are looking for the best price, according to Virgil Jones of ServiceMaster.

Cape Girardeau County emergency management director Richard Knaup said previously he expects there will be about 63 homes damaged by flooding in rural parts of the county, and predicted between 20 and 25 homes and eight businesses are damaged in Cape Girardeau.

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