Businesses in Larimer County count losses, look to rebuild

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- As pools of water begin to dry up from the Big Thompson flood in Larimer County, we’re learning more about the destructive there.

The flooding destroyed 15,00 homes in the county and damaged 4,500.  Another 200 businesses were destroyed and 500 damaged.

Clean-up has been going on for days--but the heartbreak will last a little longer.

“I’ve been here 21 years,” said Kay Dykes, the owner of Canyon Collectables Antique Flea Market in Loveland.

“Four days we’ve shoveled mud,” she said about removing the brown muck from inside the 10,000 square foot building on U.S. 34 and Glade Road.

The shop sells sometimes pricy, irreplaceable items.  Now they are all worthless rubbish on the side of the road

“It came in the back of the building. Pushed the wall in … So all the mud came in,” Dykes said.  “It’s not the stuff or the loss of money. It’s the loss of camaraderie, of friends."

“All that stuff is gone and you’ll never find it again,” said Dykes.

Around the corner, ferocious flood waters also attacked homes.

“It crested on Thursday night. We evacuated. We came back Friday and assessed the damage,” said flood victim, Pam Frey.

Damage at her home filled the garage with 4 feet of water and mud—damaging nearly everything inside it.

It even moved their shed 20 feet to the middle of the driveway.

“My husband has been running the Bobcat since the first day of cleanup,” she said.

That was Friday. And still mounds of mud to go.

Daniel Lukenso said 2 feet of water seeped into his basement.

Pumps have removed most of it.

Lukenso said he counts himself lucky the windows didn’t break.

“I really felt the Lord sent his angel to hold back the windows. If you see the water how high it was in windows, it was a miracle,” he said.