Sutton, with a population of some 1,500 people, is one part of the Midwest that was pummeled by a spring storm this past weekend. Sections of Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Arkansas were pelted by heavy rains, floods and snow—along with several tornadoes that hit Nebraska. Fortunately, there were no reported deaths from the severe weather.
"It's hard to say how long we'll be shut down," Brown said as he walked through the 14,000-square-foot building with his insurance agent to assess the damage. "But it will be a while."
Brown, who started working in the store for his father after graduating from college in 1974, added that he has no way to know at this time how much money he will get from insurance claims or how he will take care of his workers. "We'll just have to see," he said.
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Several homes and businesses in Sutton suffered power outages and structural damage.
It's too early to asses the full economic damage, but the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in an email to CNBC that the agency has "teams out in the field doing damage assessment in the rural areas and communities that were affected by last night's (Sunday) tornadoes and thunderstorms. We will have a better picture of all the damage after those assessments are completed."