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Bixby business worried threat of flood is driving away customers

Posted at 10:22 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 23:22:13-04

BIXBY, Okla. -- Bixby businesses say they're thankful all they had to clean up were untouched sand bags, but now they fear the threat of the flood washed away their customers.

"We packed everything up we sand bagged the back door because they said it was going to be one to two feet downtown," said Donna Ragsdale, Owner of Creative Coffee House.

Creative Coffee House in downtown Bixby is one of many businesses that prepared for potential flooding.

"They did their buildings and what was left over they let us use the sod," said Ragsdale.

Some businesses closed their doors for several days.

"We just didn’t want to run the risk of people coming and then not being able to get back across the bridge," said Missy Brumley, Executive Director of Bixby Outreach Center.

The Bixby library stacked their books and put chairs on top of tables. Thrifty Threads also raised all of their inventory.

"Anything that was low level, one to two feet, we moved up as high as possible," said Brumley.

The flooding in Green Country may be over, but businesses fear the public doesn't know that downtown Bixby wasn't damaged.

"I don’t know if they thought we got damaged and they’re giving us time to clean up but, nothing was affected downtown," said Ragsdale.

Businesses hope some of the upcoming summer events, like Green Corn Festival, will show the community that it's safe to visit downtown Bixby.

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