And they are still trying to assess their losses.
The break with the fire service happened around 7 am Tuesday morning in downtown Bangor. It was fixed several hours later, but it was already to late for some businesses.
Store owner Gerald Winters said "I looked down the stairs and i saw the water level rising up to the stairs."
He says he panicked and didn't even have time to save his books. "I would have drowned in the water if I tried to have gone down."
"Most of my business is online in the winter time so I can't even get boxes to ship because everything was downstairs" said Winters.
He says he does have insurance, but it's too soon to know what will happen. Employees of other businesses are trying to help owners out as best they can.
Marketing director Lara Clark said "It's gonna be a lot of clean up of this area drying out of this area. So a lot of work ahead of us, but we are going to get them cleaned up and taken care of."
She says their ultimate goal is to get their business up and running as quickly as possible.
"What we want to do is help minimize the damages at this point" said Clark.
As far as how long clean up will take.
"That's a hard one to estimate right now all the different contractors working on this job are trying to put these pieces together currently and get an estimate to that time range" said Clark.
"We wish them the best of luck as they go through this very challenging time" said Clark.