Ellsworth Video Flooded

ELLSWORTH — The owner of Ellsworth Video hopes his customers come back when the business dries out.


The small independent video store next to Shaw’s Supermarket flooded early this week when a hot water tank burst.

Owner Dwayne Doane said the tank must have burst sometime after the shop closed at 7 p.m. Sunday. The water may have been running up to 11½ hours and rose as high as 6 to 8 inches in some places.

Doane estimates he will have to be closed for a couple weeks for repairs. He is worried his customers won’t return when he reopens.

“It’s hard enough to stay afloat and now we have a flood,” Doane said.

He said he is afraid customers will begin renting from another business in town or order videos through their cable or Internet service.

The cost of the flood damage has already reached into the thousands, Doane said. A cleaning crew was brought in to sop up the water and soggy sheetrock must be ripped out and replaced.

The economy has made doing business difficult enough already without having to close temporarily, Doane said.

“We’d like to see our customers back in a couple of weeks,” he said.

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