The Missouri River flood waters are receding, but Iowa businesses are still struggling to reach their pre-flood efficiency. An Iowa State University survey revealed that the damage from the floods continues to slow businesses in Western Iowa. These hindrances will likely last for months.
The Des Moines Register reports:
About half of respondents say they’re still being affected by flooding, with the majority pointing to transportation — the delivery of orders and receipt of supplies — as the primary disruption.
“Manufacturers in this region will be experiencing the effect of the floods for many months as they continually deal with regional issues such as levee conditions and road degradation due to erosion and saturation damage,” said Ruth Wilcox, program manager for ISU’s Center for Industrial Research and Service.
Sixty-percent of about 200 manufacturers contacted responded to the survey.
Nearly half of the survey respondents also indicated disruptions to their workforce. “Some manufacturers have moved warehouses or operations, and others are considering relocation,” said Wilcox. “All companies are concerned about the duration of the floods and the level of stress their employees are feeling.