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Murrells Inlet restaurant finally opens since the flood hit

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - It's been more than two weeks since flooding began and many homeowners and local businesses are trying to pick up the pieces.

K-Rae’s Waterway Bar and Grille is located right on the Waccamaw River, and for weeks, it was surrounded by water, forcing the restaurant to close.

While the restaurant didn't suffer any damage inside, there was damage to the patio, a loss of furniture, the dumpster and other equipment. The owner Kerri Conlon said being closed for as long as it was did come at a cost.

For example, the restaurant was stocked for big events like the Fall Bike Rally, Oktoberfest and the Wooden Boat Parade, which was about $10,000 worth of food sent to the trash, but the owner said the hardest part was turning away the K-Rae's family and losing one of the busiest months of the year to the flood.

"Being one of the four busiest months of the year, and being so slow December, January, February, March, it keeps me going through the winter, it keeps my staff going through the winter, being able to make that income for that month, so it's greatly affected us,” Conlon said.

Knowing the hurt closing would cost her employees, they worked hard to get it back up and running, together.

"We came in we did some work inside, things we weren't normally able to do like a little painting, sprucing thing up inside that normally during the summertime we don't have time for,” employee Susan Bina said.

The employees even spent the days they couldn’t work in the restaurant, volunteering at a food drive for South Strand Helping Hand.

Conlon said it's the help of her staff, and encouragement of her customersthat got her through the flood. She just hopes the water stays down, and business picks back up.

"We just need the tides to go away and the people to come back,” she said.

For the first time in 18 days, the parking lot at K-Rae’s filled up with cars instead of water, which means the restaurant is finally filling-up with customers.

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