Cliff Avenue Greenhouse & Garden Center recovering after flooding, explosion threat

Cliff Avenue Greenhouse & Garden Center recovering after flooding, explosion threat

Plants, products and displays in multiple greenhouses at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, garden center, were damaged or destroyed.

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March 20, 2019

From the Argus Leader:

The rising Big Sioux River was threatening to swamp Cliff Avenue Greenhouse & Garden Center’s East 26th Street location late last week. The natural gas company had said it might have to shut off gas to the business because an underwater, under-pressure gas line could explode. If they shut off the gas, the plants in the business's greenhouses could die of cold.

The owners of the business told the gas company to keep the gas on. Then they waited, and hoped, through the night March 14 and into March 15, checking in to see if they would need to power up generators to keep their business alive.

"We had to gamble and hope the pressure didn’t build up and cause an explosion," said Heidi Teal, co-owner of Cliff Avenue Greenhouse & Garden Center. "God was on our side there."

Read more about the flooding and damage on the Argus Leader’s website.