The business community in Middleburgh reaches a milestone in flood recovery. Six merchants were forced to close down shop after Tropical Storm Irene washed through the area. But as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, by the end of the year, the village will see even more businesses open than it did before the storms.
MIDDLEBURGH, N.Y. -- "Flood came through. We took about four or five feet of water. Ripped open the front of the building. We lost everything that was in there," said Lisa Tenneson.
It took nearly a year-and-a-half for Lisa Tenneson and her partner to re-open their realty business.
Tenneson said, "It's been a struggle for a year-and-a-half. I'm not going to deny that."
Damage from Tropical Storm Irene left six merchants out of business, but by the end of the year, Main Street will have more open signs than it did before.
"Middleburgh just had the strongest calling to me," said Justin Behan.
Justin Behan is opening the area's first micro brewery. He says it was Main Street's spirit that drew him to the area.
"I got to know all the other business owners on Main Street and everybody is so nice and so supportive," said Behan.
And it's the community's support and incentives from the village that also drew in an accountant firm and architect, bringing the grand total up to eight businesses since the flood that will open their doors by the end of the year.
"We freed up business incentive grants, we freed up to $10,000 in zero percent% loans, free website design. We've been helping a lot of existing businesses to stay on their feet. It's a lot of stuff, but it's been necessary to happen," said Mayor Matthew Avitabile.
The Mayor says there is still a need for a grocery store and pharmacy, but the village is on the right track for recovery.
Tenneson said, "Everybody didn't come back here for no good reason. Think about it. You don't come back if your business wasn't thriving before and if you don't believe it will thrive again."
Proving it will take more than water to break Middleburgh's spirit.