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River bursts through floors of longtime Little Falls business

By JOLEEN FERRIS

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - In Little Falls, it was underground springs and brooks that caused problems when they swelled, bursting through the pavement and through the floors of some Main Street businesses on Friday.

"We lost two deep fryers, hot water tank..." says Carl Rovetto, owner of Ed's Pizza Place on Main.

The water, which flowed quietly and without incident beneath the floor of Rovetto's business for the past 30 years, burst through the floor Friday, flooding the pizzeria with three feet of water.

The equipment that was not lost to the raging water was covered in mud and debris. There was no lucrative lunch hour at Ed's Pizza Place on Friday; just costly cleanup, to the sound of the water, flowing rapidly and loudly, beneath the staff, their mops and brooms.

Ann Street looked like a river at 7 a.m. on Friday.

"I looked out on the corner of Ann Street and saw something akin to the Colorado River, brown, rushing, raging water, rushing down Monroe Street going all the way down Ann with spectators on either side of the street, unable to cross, unable to go anywhere," says Bonnie Maslow, who captured the surreal scene on video while wondering how to escape if that became necessary.

Rovetto estimates that it will cost at least $50,000 to repair and reopen his business. He hopes the government will help.

"No insurance," he said. "They won't give you flood insurance, no insurance for the equipment, nothing. So hopefully the state, federal government should come and help out, now just me but all the people."

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