Manhattan Small Businesses Destroyed By Recent Wildcat Creek Flood
September 5th - Josh Hicks
La Hacienda Taqueria and Golden Wok China Buffet will not reopen for business because of the recent Wildcat Creek flood, which displaced 300 residents, as reported by The Manhattan Mercury.
La Hacienda confirmed Henderson’s statement to the Mercury on Wednesday morning, attributing the closing to the company’s insurance not covering flood losses. The taco shop was opened in February of 2010.
Powercat Sports Grill, Goblin Games, Via Christi Therapy Center and Legends Sports Bar and Grill will remain closed until damage is assessed and the businesses move forward with a reopening plan.
Shannon Lewis is the owner of Debonaire’s Haircuts in the same strip of businesses that had feet of water standing in them. He is now located in Candlewood next to Little Apple Pilates off of Kimball Avenue and Seth Child’s Road.
Genesis Health Clubs managed to reopen on Wednesday after more than 60 employees, volunteers and disaster restoration workers cleaned the facility, as reported online via their Facebook page.
“Much of the cardio equipment was damaged or destroyed during the flooding,” a Genesis press release said. “We are bringing in nearly $1 million worth of new equipment on Friday and Saturday to replace what was lost.”
Manhattan Running Company, located along Anderson Avenue and Garden Way, began to take water during the surge as well. After the owners had the water under control, they bought a half dozen pizzas for the Riley County Police Department and Firefighters who were rescuing over 50 tenants on the same street.
Manhattan resident Amee Bluemel wrote online with the photo below "..the next time you or a family member needs shoes, go to Manhattan Running Company. I've been told by several different people that following this morning's horrendous flooding, they handed out shoes to those who had to flee their apartments/homes quickly and didn't have time to grab anything, including shoes."
"The fine folks at Manhattan Running Company also fed the first responders so they could continue to make rescues and get people and their animals to dry land. All this while tending to their own flooding issues in their store. I'm sure there are many examples of other businesses doing the similar things today. Needless to say, I was quickly reminded how fortunate I am to live in such an amazing little town where people pull together to help one another in hard times," Amee continued.
Schwab Eaton, CSL Plasma and The Midwest Dream Car Collection all were affected by the flood along Anderson and Seth Child Road, among several hundred homes in the area.
As a community full of small businesses, we encourage our readers to support the damaged businesses once they reopen.
Robbins Motor Company lost 50 new cars that were in a storage area behind the old Ray's Apple Market grocery store. The company posted this statement online today. "Insurance will take all 50 vehicles away and total them. Our main lot and buildings were not affected and we still have almost 200 vehicles for sale. We were fortunate, but many others in the area were not. Please consider donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts to help those in need!"
In response to the recent flooding in Manhattan, Kansas and the surrounding area, the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation has created the 2018 Manhattan Flood Recovery Fund. This fund is now active and accepting donations for relief and recovery efforts for the flooding that began on September 1, 2018.
If you would like to donate please visit http://www.mcfks.org/flood