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Local businesses dealt a bad hand

By David Kaplan, dkaplan@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 12 2013 03:53:12 PM EDT
Flooded businesses move on after being dealt a bad hand

We spoke with a few business owners on Peters Creek Road where flooding was especially bad

ROANOKE, Va. -

Flooded basements and damaged goods are still a reality for many of you heading into this potentially rainy weekend.

"Oh they're not running me out that quick, oh no," Judy Melki, manager at Cardinal Pool off Peters Creek Road.

If finding humor in despair was a contest, consider Melki a champ.

"It is what it is and you just, I'm a total survivor, you get through it, you get this, by next week you won't even know that this place looked like this," Melki said optimistically.

Not only is there irony in her store being a pool supply business Biz 25 12:14 R :01 It has been slower, yeah.

She just finished cleaning up from the July 4th flooding and she's back at it again.

Judy is a survivor.

"It is what it is. You know, if you give up, what do you got?"

Melki estimates she's lost close to four thousand dollars in merchandise.

Her neighbor Joe Havens, who runs an air conditioning supply store, estimates he's lost much more.

All the more frustrating when he didn't think this was a flood-prone area.

"We've been out here about 15 years. We've had it one other time back 10 or 12 years ago but it wasn't bad, not as bad is this past couple times," Havens said.

Havens says there's a lot going on in his mind right now, and changing locations permanently is a possibility after the week he's had.

"I don't want to deal with water again, I can tell you that much," Havens said as he laughed.

Sometimes in the face of despair, all you can do is find the humor.