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Tualatin business owner braces for more flooding

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A Tualatin business owner and his staff are on edge, wondering if their building will flood for a third time in 10 just days.

Jonathan Crane runs Integrity Staffing and the Tualatin Life newsletter out of a building on Boones Ferry Road. As the heavy rain began Thursday, Crane described what his basement looked like last Monday.

“It started cresting and coming in. It basically went up to the doorknobs. It was a bit much.”

Crane’s building is at the edge of Hedges Creek. At the height of the storm last week, Crane had four feet of water in his basement. A professional crew cleaned it up, but it flooded again a few days later.

Since then, Crane has ripped out the damaged drywall and has fans and dehumidifiers running around the clock. But he’s going for a permanent fix. He’s making structural changes to the basement to make sure this never happens again.

“We’re going to take the doors out, because that’s the source of where the water comes in, and just put concrete up like a pool to seal it out,” said Crane. “We’ll have a window so someone could get out if they had to. I’d rather have no floods than access.”

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