DENTON, N.C. — These days Anne Carter Bean feels grateful.
“We could have had so much more loss,” Bean said.
She manages Wilson Carter Supply Company on Highway 109.
The store is back open and running close to normal now.
It’s a quick turnaround from Dec. 30 when heavy rains caused major flooding.
More than a foot of water crept into the store causing about $15,000 in damage and lost products.
Bean didn’t have flood insurance and hasn’t gotten any money from FEMA.
She’s covering most of her costs out of her own pocket but also through community support.
“This flood has really made people aware that they don’t want to see us wash away or have to close our doors,” Bean said.
For years, the town has encouraged residents to shop local, a policy that started 10 years ago but really surfaced after last month’s flood.
“It is our policy, in the purchases that we make, to buy local, to buy as absolutely as much from town merchants as we can,” said John Gray, town manager.
Bean believes community support not only helped reopen her doors but even caused a spike in sales.
“We’ve had about maybe a 10 percent rise in sales this past month,” she said.
The store has restocked about 50 percent of its product, but Bean says there’s still a lot of work left.
Items like electrical outlets, sand paper, paint, and other items still haven’t been replaced.
But even with the long road ahead of her, Bean says community support helps keep her going.
“It’s like the community really wants to see us here and they want to see this place stay,” she said.