Long Haul To Reopen Local Businesses

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 17, 2006 at 11:26 PM EDT

At many places in Conklin, the only work going on is clean up.

Flood waters ravaged nearly every business on Conklin road.

The Conklin Cycle Center lost 220 motorcycles and ATV's

"It's an emotional thing, it's something that you've built, took 30 years to build. You know, 30 plus years to build and it's all gone within a day," says Mario Masciarelli of Conklin Cycle Center.

But Masciarelli and others hope to reopen, and rebuild their business.

Conklin Cycle Center will open this weekend.

Meanwhile, Piccirilli's Plumbing and Heating is busy, even though it can't move back into its building until at least September.

It's taking customer orders by cell phone while having 160-thousand in damages repaired.

"We find ourselves with not only no office to work out of and also going out and repairing other peoples misfortune, but trying to rebuild. It's like starting from scratch," says John Piccirilli of Piccirilli Heating and Plumbing.

There's a similar feeling at Jane's Diner.

Workers say they usually serve around 500 people a day, and many are anxious for the restaurant to re-open next week.

"A lot of people have stopped in. When are you opening, when are you opening, we miss you. It's like family here," says Christy Mann of Jane's Diner.

Since July 3rd, six large garbage dumpsters have been filled up and taken out of the parking lot.

But many ruined items are still piled up at many Conklin business.

A sign that the long road of rebuilding still lies ahead.

The owner of Conklin Cycle center also runs Masciarelli Construction on Conklin Road.

Flood damage estimates for both business total nearly two and a half million dollars.

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