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Published March 18, 2010, 03:44 PM

Mayville Pizza Shop Braces For Potential Flood

Last year the owners of the Pizza Shop restaurant in Mayville had a foot of water inside the restaurant. This year they're not taking any chances. The water is slowly rising and its owners are taking a different approach to protection this time around.

Last year the owners of the Pizza Shop restaurant in Mayville had a foot of water inside the restaurant.

This year they're not taking any chances. The water is slowly rising and its owners are taking a different approach to protection this time around.

Last Spring the Pizza Shop in Mayville was inundated with almost a foot of water instead of customers. Water overflowed a wall of sandbags and temporary dikes leaving the shops ovens cold.

Mary Stocking: "Last year it got to the front of the building depending on where it was it was 8-12 inches."

This year it looks a bit different. One- the water is not as high, it just barely hit the parking lot, and two? The sand bags are different.

The owners of the Pizza Shop took a different approach to their flood fight this year. Instead of using individual small sandbags they went with large tote bags. Each one of these is equivalent to 65 small bags.

Byron Kleven: "We filled the 90 bags in about 3 hours, doing about 30 bags an hour."

Steve: This year they went with a 4-foot high sandbag wall in front of the building, and a clay dike built yesterday around the entire back of the building. That dike will stay.

Byron Kleven: "It's a high risk area because of the elevation, this is the natural flood way of the river, it's the lowest lying area in Mayville."

Mary Stockton has owned the shop since 2003.

She fears this year could be her last.

Mary Stocking: "Financially we're still recovering from last year so this year it would take a huge toll on us as to whether we would be able to do it again.

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