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Shopping Area Damaged by Floods Still Struggling

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LAS VEGAS -- A block of businesses near UNLV has never fully recovered from the flood waters that inundated the area a year ago.

There are still a few shops that never reopened.

Fade 'em All barbershop was a newer business in the small shopping center. It had no flood insurance and no expectation that flooding could happen.

Owner Robert Taylor remembers the water rushing down the steps.

"That is when I was like 'Oh, we have to get out of the shop! because the glass was going to break,'" Taylor said.

It wasn't long after Taylor and the other barber Jeff Ford had left their store that they realized the owner of a nearby pizza shop was still in his store. They both decided they had to find him.

"Once we opened his door, all the water from his store came the back way," Taylor said.

Ford and Taylor found Dominick "Pops" Venditta trapped in the pizza shop.

"We went to the back and seen that he was on top of a table. He was real nervous and scared. We just said 'you know what, let's go save this guy,'" Taylor said.

The rescue was caught on camera.

Taylor said the pizza shop's profits were in a back storage room and Pops was struggling to get it before it was swept away.

"He knew he lost everything already. So he might as well get the money that the shop had made," Taylor said.

Venditta is now fine, but despite the all the efforts, the pizza shop still sits empty. No one is sure if it will ever open again.

Fade 'Em All is still struggling. The shop was closed for so long that owners say their customers aren't even sure the barbershop is open.

Now, most of the businesses in the shopping center have flood insurance and most owners spent thousands of their own money rebuilding.

Every time clouds loom, they are still scared the same destruction could happen again.

 

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