Nearly three months since the flood, one of the hardest hit businesses in Fort Plain re-opens. Save-A-Lot grocery store saw close to a million dollars worth of damage and as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, owners couldn't get the doors open fast enough for the crowds of people waiting to get inside.
FORT PLAIN, N.Y. -- "I've been asking every day since the gas station opened, when are they opening when are they opening?" said Charlene Nutt.
It's the day customers have been patiently waiting to pull out their shopping lists for.
"I saved whatever I could so I could come here and I'm buying things that I didn't plan on buying," said Josephine Blaszkiewicz.
After nearly three months of cleaning up from June's devastating flooding, the shelves are stocked and Save-A-Lot is back open for business.
"We're running out of carts, we have so many customers!" said Jessica Ford.
You can just imagine the amount of destruction from looking at the water line that's well over five feet high.
"When you're digging through after all the flood and doing all the work to repair it, you never think the day will come," said Jeff Hart.
Owner Jeff Hart says the flood cost his family business $750,000 in repairs and it also left 20 employees suddenly out of work.
"To go from that kind of income and then just nothing, it's been two-and-a-half months for all these guys," said Ford.
And it's been tough for customers like Josephine Blaszkiewicz too, who says she's missed the stores low prices so much, she's not sure she'll have enough room in her carriage.
"I gotta get cat food, I gotta get dog food, I haven't even started," said Blaszkiewicz.
"It's just one more step for the community being back together," Nutt said.
And with every scanned item, a reminder of how far they've come.