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Walker loses community store to flooding

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As flood recovery efforts continue across the region, some are lamenting the loss of a local community gathering place. As flood recovery efforts continue across the region, some are lamenting the loss of a local community gathering place.
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WALKER (KWWL) -

As flood recovery efforts continue across the region, some are lamenting the loss of a local community gathering place.

The small town of Walker is losing a big aspect of their community. Flash floods tore through the town last week, damaging dozens of buildings, including the local grocery store, Sherbon's Market.

"We lost all the fixtures, food, everything, " Owner Jane Meisheid said.

As the floodwaters crested last week, water was up over Meisheid's knees. She and a co-worker were forced to escape the building through a window, because he door was jammed shut by the water.

Like many in the area, Meisheid doesn't have flood insurance. That means she won't be able to restore the grocery side of the market, only continuing with the attached flower shop.

"[It's] heart wrenching," Meisheid said. "I've held on to the grocery store for as long as I could, not knowing that a flood was what was going to take us out, but, yeah, it's heart wrenching."

Community members are sorry to see the market go as well.

"Well, for a lot of us, this is the grocery store," shopper Carol Hedberg said.

Now, shoppers will have to drive farther to neighboring towns. But Carol Hedberg sees the market as more than just a convenience.

"I think some people, I've seen them come in to interact with Jane and feel the comfort of being in a small local store."

Meisheid has noticed this as well.

"I've had a lot of my friends call and say they were halfway down here before they realized they can't come down here for a graduation card anymore," she said.

The change won't be easy for Meisheid, either. She started working at the Market right out of high school, 33 years ago.

"There was no insurance, " she said. "I haven't even sat down to think about our loss yet.

But she'll keep going.

"You just have to keep going," she smiled. "There's a reason for everything. We'll find out what this was."

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