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Roanoke business still struggling 3-weeks after flooding

By Susan Bahorich, sbahorich@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 30 2013 05:56:49 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 30 2013 07:15:32 PM EDT

A Bouquet for You Florist was devastated by flooding earlier this month.

ROANOKE, Va. -

For decades, a little purple house on Peters Creek Road has been the place to go to for momentous occasions.

But, now there are no blooms or fragrant smells coming from this flower shop.
Instead, there are moldy walls, bowed floors and the scent of mildew.

"What did you see when you came in here?"
"Devastation, mess, a life long work -gone," says Jean Ardery, owner of A Bouquet for You Florist.

It's been almost 3-weeks since the floods came in and washed away 24-years of Jean Ardery's hard work.
She had insurance, but nothing that will cover this.

"Here you are, 74 yrs old, what do you do now?" asks the reporter.
"Pray," says Ardery, " I don't know. I have skills but who's going to hire a 74 yr old that's kinda what I'm being told."

Ardery has hired people to help in the clean up, but without a major overhaul, she's not sure what can be done.

Even though though the flower shop and neighboring businesses were impacted by flood waters, the city says there wasn't enough significant damage throughout the region to actually qualify for aid

Says Ardery, "Everybody's in the same boat that I am -I'm not alone and I hurt for everyone of those people."

Councilman Sherman Lea says the city manager is exploring some options to help Ardery and other victims of recent flooding.

He says the city is working on setting up a meeting with those people.

WDBJ7 made some calls and discovered the Virginia Department of Emergency Management offers several programs residents might qualify for, but according to the programs coordinator -the localities must apply for these programs.

The coordinator tells WDBJ7 the city of Salem has applied, but Roanoke has not.