Remembering the Flood


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MASON CITY, IA – Flood clean up continues in Mitchell County today, as Mason City remembers its own flood.

The flood waters from earlier this week left many roads in Mitchell County covered and now, they’re in need of repair.

For folks in Mason City, it was a vivid reminder of what happened back in 2008, and today area business owners say they’re still recovering but say it’s been a struggle.

“It’s been almost exactly three years and it was very hard especially for my husband. He was in business for 14 years, that was our life, we lost everything when we lost the business,” said Toni Gonnerman, Owner of Autoworks in Mason City.

She describes the feeling of being at a complete loss for words, when her business and her life seemed to wash away from her.

“In 2008, my husband and I had a business Mason City Motors and we got totally flooded out and we just couldn’t do it. We couldn’t recover from our total loss,” said Toni.

Toni has recently opened up a new dealership with her husband and says she’s still recovering from the damage.

She hopes, their business can help motivate others to re-open their doors as well.

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