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Tampa's Wholesale Produce Market cleans up from Friday's flood

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Employees spent Saturday taking inventory of items damaged by Friday's flood. Employees spent Saturday taking inventory of items damaged by Friday's flood.
Outar's business was down nearly 75% on Saturday. Outar's business was down nearly 75% on Saturday.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Produce was everywhere on Friday when a torrential downpour hit the Bay area.

The rain brought street flooding and put quite a dent in business at Tampa’s Wholesale Produce Market on Hillsborough Ave. On Saturday morning vendors were open for business while they were still busy cleaning up from the preceding day’s inclement weather.

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“It was a major disaster,” said Eddie Outar with MK Produce. “I never thought something like this could happen.”

The bad weather slowed down the usual stream of Saturday morning customers at the market.

“Ten customers in six hours, not very good,” Outar explained. “Everybody was under the impression that we were still flooded. We took a few calls – is the water still there, no it’s gone.”

Outar says the business he did Saturday was about ¼ of what he usually does. MK employees spent most of the day salvaging what they could while inventorying the items that were damaged by the storm.

He’s hoping Sunday’s outlook of sunny skies will bring out folks looking for great deals on apples, onions, peppers and other produce items. Outar and other vendors are now looking to insurance to cover what they lost.

“I’m hoping my insurance [company] says you guys deserve [to be covered for this] and we’ll see what happens,” he said.

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