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Heavy Rains Worry Belton Businesses Along Nolan Creek

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(KCEN) – Monday’s downpour across Central Texas brought several inches of rain, and a lot of concern for business owners on Central Avenue in Belton.

For many of them – seeing the heavy rains brought back memories of the 2010 flood that wiped out homes, restaurants and businesses.

“It took quite a toll on Belton,” Staci Schoepf said. “Every time it rains it’s in the back of your mind. It’s like you can’t sleep the nights you hear it rain like it did last night.”

Staci and her husband Ronnie own Schoepf’s BBQ, and they had just finished remodeling the building when the flood hit. “It was extremely devastating,” she said. “We didn’t really know the impact of going through something like that, what it was emotionally and the toll it would take on you.”

They’re not the only ones continuing to make repairs nearly four years later. Local Pharmacist Toby Young is still paying to destroy medicines ruined by the flood water that swept through his Medicine Shoppe.

“I went down to the creek about 8:30p.m. last night and got an idea of how high it was,” Young said. “It’s a mentality you get because you start getting into the mindset  of what you’re going to take out first, and what do I need to have with me.”

Paul Romer with the City of Belton says Nolan Creek rose about four feet last night, and while that wasn’t enough to put out an alert – it is something they continually watch.

“Any time it rains our public works crews will check the low water crossings and other areas where debris will sometimes build up,” Romer said. “The monitoring stations also do two things; they monitor how much rain we get and the creek levels.”

There are four monitoring boxes along the creek spread out between Killeen and Belton. If the water gets too high, an alert will be sent out to homes and local businesses like Staci and Toby’s.

Romer says they are also looking to demolish two low water crossings this year to help the flow of the creek and to prevent build up and flooding.  One is a crossing the city has closed behind City Hall. The other crossing is near the Harris Center where a new bridge will be installed.

But whether it's two inches or ten, business owners say they'll be better prepared this time around. "What you do is learn to protect what you have or your loved ones, and just be prepared," Toby said.

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