Windsor businesses recovering from floods

WINDSOR, N.C. (WAVY) — It’s been a long road to recovery following massive flooding in September. One of the hardest hit areas was the small town of Windsor, North Carolina.

10 On Your Side returned Friday to see how the downtown area is coming back, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Inside Shenika Outlaw’s tobacco shop, the merchandise is out.

“The people are out shopping for the Black Friday deals,” Outlaw said. “So I figure, why not just take that chance of getting any kind of business?”

Some of the items sit in waterproof containers high up on a shelf. It is an unintentional reminder of September’s rain.

“We were blessed to find somewhere else to move,” Outlaw said.

Her store used to be on the main street of Windsor, but then the flood came. She could have left downtown Windsor, but she decided to stay.

The recovery of downtown Windsor is something of a miracle to Mayor Jim Hoggard.

“Our worst fears, I guess, were unfounded,” he said.

Most of the stores and businesses have reopened just in time for shopping. There’s still work to do, though.

Hoggard said he’s happy to see so many owners stayed. He wants the state to help them and reward their faith in Windsor.

“The legislature is gonna have a special session in January and they do have some money,” he said. “Our local senator is going to push for business grants.”

It’s new life back in the heart of downtown Windsor.