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9 years 4 months 2 weeks ago May 11, 2007 May 11, 2007 Friday, May 11 2007 Friday, May 11, 2007 5:11:29 PM CDT in News

Despite rising waters, things are business as usual in Hartsburg.

Susan Cooper and her husband planned a nice vacation.

"We had planned to ride the Amtrak train to Jeff City from Sedalia, then riding our bikes back from Jeff city to Sedalia. Well, the floods kind of put an end to that idea," said Cooper.

Now they're riding as far as they can on the Katy Trail, visiting towns like Hartsburg along the way. Despite flooding in the area, businesses in Hartsburg are staying open.

"As long as there's not water on our porch, we'll be open for business as usual," said Casey Green, Winery Manager.

Some of these places had trouble with rumors about damage. Dotty's Cafe is built up to avoid flood damage, but some out of town customers didn't know that.

"It really affected us in the restaurant because people thought we were flooded down here, but we haven't been flooded and hopefully we're not going to be flooded," said Dotty Mann, owner.

For Hartsburg residents who are flooded, these open businesses provide a helping hand.

"I think it's nice to have the cafe here for all of the people who need to have meetings in an emergency situation, and they can all gather right here and we'll take care of them," said Mann.

"We'll help the community in any way that we can," said Green.

Or for those traveling through the floods, they're a nice place just to relax.

"We're making the best of it, you know, we're here tasting wine. It's good," said Cooper.

These Hartsburg businesses are open to anyone who just needs a break. Hartsburg Mayor Nancy Grant says the local business are central in supporting the community through these difficult times.

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