Summer businesses hit hard by flooding

Undated_All this rain and flooding has left Texoma saturated -- but it's also affecting businesses that usually thrive during the summer months. Businesses like car washes and water parks are usually crowded in July -- but this summer they are sitting mostly empty.

Lawton business owner Sam Rhodes says his mobile car wash has been on hold this summer. His employees wash cars on lots -- like Dan Mullins Nissan -- but since it won't stop raining, he's had to wait until he can do all the car lots at once, and know his work is going to last. "We gear everything toward the summer," Rhodes said. "And when you're in July and you're not getting the business that you should be getting, it hurts."

But he says now that the weather is warming up -- he is already starting to get calls from dealers who need their entire car lots washed. "It's already kind of started, the move towards that, so we're just waiting for when the weather man says that it's completely gone and we'll go full force in washing the cars."

Castaway Cove Water Park in Wichita Falls has been adversely affected by all this flooding as well -- because when it's dark and dreary outside, people don't want to put on their bathing suits. "You know, we're an outdoor water park," said General Manager Tom Major. "And if it's not sunny and warm, people have a tendency not to want to be out. They want to come out and lay out where they can get a sun tan and get in the water."

But now that the weather is warming up -- people are starting to come out into the sunshine. So castaway cove introduced a new high dive thrills show to bring more people into the park and get the summer started. "The hot weather is coming, we've got the dive show, season passes are still on sale for $49.95 for a five visit pass, so we've still got a lot of time left in the summer. It's an extended summer with the two additional weeks because school's not starting until August 27th, so hey, come on out, we're ready for you."