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Businesses Affected by Roundup Flooding

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Flooding is becoming such a huge problem, Governor Steve Bullock has declared a flood emergency for the entire state. This will allow state resources to be used for needs that may arise from these emergencies.

Meanwhile, Musselshell County leaders evacuated families in dozens of homes. Others are on pre-evacuation status because of flooding in Roundup. The flood is also affecting businesses.

The Busy Bee started packing up valuables and food Monday to be on the safe side.

"We hesitated in evacuating days ago because our staff needed to make a living and we've got payroll to meet, but we've been in touch with DES and this morning, Jeff said that if he was I, he would start loading up," said Mary Ann Petrie, Busy Bee's co-owner.

According to Musselshell County's DES, more than 500 people are stranded because of the flood.

"Most of that's because of the amount of moisture we've had and it's flooding out the river bottom and the rain that we've gotten and the fall and everything, the roads, the gravel roads and muddy roads are almost impassable," said Jeff Gates, director of Musselshell County's DES. "So we're working on figuring out how to provide resources, how to bring them food or water."

The town was hit with flooding in 2011, and the Busy Bee is still recovering from it. The owners got new carpeting for the restaurant's lower level.

"In 2011, it was a really bad flood," Petrie said. "It was six to seven feet of muddy, muddy, yucky water and truthfully we're just not out of that devastation yet. We did have some insurance but it was primarily for the building."

Gates said they raised the dike five or six feet since then, but because it's porous, it can break.

"And if we hadn't raised what we had we already would've flooded into town," Gates said.

"This is really hard to do because it's like déjà vu," Petrie said. "I just didn't think it would happen again and so what can I say. Probably I'm still in shock."

St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Roundup has dinner Monday night until 7:30 for those affected by the flood.

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