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Businesses near 103rd and Wornall picking up pieces after record breaking flood

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Coach’s Bar & Grill felt the effects of the flooding, after the waters of Indian Creek rose to record levels and collapsed one of the walls of the bar. (KCTV5) Coach’s Bar & Grill felt the effects of the flooding, after the waters of Indian Creek rose to record levels and collapsed one of the walls of the bar. (KCTV5)
The bar and grill was forced to board up its doors and the wall that collapsed and to move its chairs and tables outside to let them dry. (KCTV5) The bar and grill was forced to board up its doors and the wall that collapsed and to move its chairs and tables outside to let them dry. (KCTV5)
Water moved inside, causing widespread damage and trapping the establishment’s owners inside. (KCTV5) Water moved inside, causing widespread damage and trapping the establishment’s owners inside. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Storms that dumped several inches of rain on portions of the Kansas City area caused heavy damage at a metro bar and grill.

Several businesses in the area of 103rd Street and Wornall Road were affected by the rushing water.

Coach’s Bar & Grill felt the effects of the flooding, after the waters of Indian Creek rose to record levels and collapsed one of the walls of the bar. Water moved inside, causing widespread damage and trapping the establishment’s owners inside.

Widespread flooding was reported after 4 to 7 inches fell over just a few hours starting late Wednesday in east-central Kansas and west-central Missouri.

Coach's was forced to board up its doors and the wall that collapsed and to move its chairs and tables outside to let them dry. Darby says keeping the business means throwing everything out. He says the health department will not allow him to keep anything.

"This flood has been different because all of the inside walls buckled. we lost all of our pictures, painting, all of the TV's on the walls...there's really nothing," Coach's Bar & Grill owner Brian Darby said. 

Darby says he is thinking ahead and, most of all, keeping his employees in mind. Darby also said the local restaurant community is coming together to help their employees.

“They've already reached out offering them shifts, helping us get back on our feet,” Darby said. “As always, we are competitors but we get along pretty well in tough times."

Coach’s is one of the many businesses damaged by flooding in the area. A Chinese restaurant and a salon, in the same strip mall, also had to board up their storefronts and set equipment in the parking lot as it dries.

The Darby family has already suffered tragedy in 2017 and he says it makes his decision about the fate of the bar, difficult.

Darby’s father Mike was one of the men murdered along a metro walking trail earlier in May. Mike was the original owner of Coach’s Bar & Grill.

"It also makes the decision about this place harder because I don't want to tear down my dad's legacy two months after he passed away," Darby said.

Darby was asked if he would close the bar and grill.

"I don't want to do that but I'm keeping my options open right now," Darby said. "Going in there and starting over right now with what I have, dealing with my dad, it's not optimal."

Design Envy, a salon, was also hit by the flooding. Owner Rachell Davis says she found a mess inside her store as ceiling tiles and insulation littered the floor.

Davis says she is still trying to wrap her mind around what happened.

“When you look at what you've built for seven years and now you have absolutely nothing, it's very numbing and very disheartening," Davis said.

Davis says she plans on moving and doesn't know where she's going, but knows she won't stay there.

“This is my livelihood, this is all I do for a living, so I'm on hold until I can pick my world back up and get it back together,” Davis said.

Workers are combing through each business, looking for anything that can be salvaged.

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