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Businesses on Mt. Charleston Struggle After Fire, Floods

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LAS VEGAS -- Businesses at Mt. Charleston are still in trouble weeks after the Carpenter 1 wildfire was brought under control.

Shop owners and hotel workers came back, after being forced off the mountain for two weeks, hoping visitors would return with them.

So far, that has not been the case. The mountain has recorded the worst tourism season in years.

The fire was devastating enough, but the weeks of constant rain that followed led to even more problems, including mudslides, flooding and more evacuations.

Inside the Holiday Shoppe at the Mt. Charleston Lodge, there is very little Christmas cheer.

"We've had some very slow days. It is slower than it has been, because as the lodge is slow, so are we," Julie Deluca said.

Deluca watches lodge employees come in every day with shrinking paychecks in one of the most difficult tourism seasons in years.

"It is hard to see the workers. They come up, and if there are no people, they're not making money," she said.

The Carpenter 1 wildfire forced the mountain to shut down for at least two weeks in July. Employees were not sure if they anything would be there when they came back.

Then, heavy rains fell for three weeks straight. The charred ground combined with the lack of vegetation meant the water wasn't absorbed. Flood waters rushed down the mountain forcing more evacuations.

As a result, lodge server Gabby Romand now has far fewer tables than usual.

"You get up here and you hope that there is business, you hope it is good, but it is just been really hard getting back in the flow of things," Romand said.

Romand says she keeps getting calls asking if the lodge is open, if the roads are shut down or if there is anything left.

"There is one bad thing after another. People are just afraid to come up here. They don't know what is going to happen next," Romand said.

As summer turns to fall, some locals are venturing back, looking to see the leaves changing colors. Unfortunately, the view wasn't what some were hoping for.

"They're gone. When I came up here, they were like a brownish gray instead of the aspens," Patricia Read said.

Now, the businesses are left hoping for a good winter to recoup some of the summer's losses.

Lodge workers say there should not be the same problems with the snow as they've had with rain.


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