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SWMO flood waters impact some McDonald County business owners

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Flood waters in Southwest Missouri are having an impact on some McDonald County business owners.
On a summer weekend, between 100 to 200 people turn out to swim or float the Elk River, but recent rains are taking a toll on canoe rentals in the area.
The river outside Cowskin Canoe Rental near Anderson is about 5 feet deeper than usual.
Its gravel beach is 2 feet under and revenue is sinking as well.
"It really hurts us because we only have 3 months in the summertime to try to make a living through the wintertime," said Larry Doyle, Owner of Cowskin Canoe Rental.  "It really hurts."
Canoeing the river between Noel and Highway 43 generally takes around 4 to 6 hours, but Doyle estimates with these levels, it would be just a 2-hour trip.
There is also a large amount of debris floating down the river.
"There are a lot of dead trees and stuff that floats down," said Milo Sutcliffe, canoe welder.  "We get into the problem of canoes getting bent and torn up."
Sutcliffe says unfortunately, more debris and water is on the way.
"Up there around Neosho, there's a lot of water coming down, so it's going to go way up," he said.
Once the levels come down, Sutcliffe plans to use a chainsaw to clear log jams throughout the 10-mile stretch.
The owner says while it is a challenge now, the high water could benefit his business later on.
"We did need water, maybe this will keep the water level up higher for the rest of the summer," Doyle said.  "That's one good thing about it."
"We're just working on it and that's all we can do," Sutcliffe said.  "We have to deal with Mother Nature and sometimes Mother Nature is not that well."
Cowskin Canoe Rental is still open and owners hope water levels will recede so that they can get the canoes back on the water as early as Monday.
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