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May's Greenhouse Recovering After February Flash Floods

Hanging flower pots at mays greenhouse

May's Greenhouse expects business to return to normal after flash floods last month. (Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News)

May’s Greenhouse on Bloomington’s south side has almost recovered from flash floods that caused extensive damage to the business in February.

May’s had to close for about a week because the water damaged plants and equipment.

Co-owner Nathan Pennington says they had to throw away most of their soil and edible plants.

"People have concerns about diseases that could have been in the water," Pennington says. "We’re taking extra precautions to make sure anything that was in the water we disposed of."

He says the greenhouse got advice from the DNR and Purdue extension office on necessary precautions to take.

May’s is still working to replace the inventory it lost. Pennington says the greenhouse has spent at least $100,000 replacing inventory and on repairs so far.

Pennington says the greenhouse will be especially busy as planting season picks up.

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