Saving the Niles Save-A-Lot
Saving the Save-A-Lot.
The water has receded, but the Niles grocery store that saw major flooding last month is struggling to stay afloat.
The store's owner didn't have flood insurance and can't re-open until major repairs are done. Those repairs are estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The family owned store has launched a last ditch effort to raise money through a GoFundMe and are hoping for the community’s support.
After the water receded, an estimated $60,000 to $80,000 worth of food and goods had to be thrown away.
The shelves, coolers and walls had to be bleached and scrubbed-- now the family has learned the walls and floors need to be replaced.
Jody Eagle has spent the last 10 years working alongside her father Steve to run this store.
“I think there is a lot of people that come down here and look for our help in some sort of way,” said Jody.
She and her family are worried they may not be able to re-open. Repairs are expected to cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Right now, signs on the windows say the store is "shut down until further notice" -- but if they can't find funds to do repairs that notice may never come.
Owner Steve Eagle is worried he and his family may need to close shop.
“Alone. I'm not alone because my family and friends are here. We've been helped by other people,” Steve said.
The family has started a GoFundMe with the hope of finding more support. The goal set at $300,000-- it’s a long shot, but one worth taking.
The family knows they will likely have to do the repairs themselves.
They are hoping to get some federal assistance, but they say they would need the governor to declare a state of emergency.