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The difficult choice facing some Vermont small business owners: rebuild, or close for good?

The scene inside one of Andrew Molen's restaurant kitchens following the flooding earlier this week.
Andrew Molen
The scene inside one of Andrew Molen's restaurant kitchens in Ludlow following the flooding earlier this week.

Small business owners in communities ravaged by floodwaters are struggling with a terrible choice: begin the arduous process of cleaning up and rebuilding, or shutter their businesses and find a new path forward.

The owners of businesses in Ludlow and Hardwick, two of the hardest-hit communities in the state, will share their stories. We'll also hear from a member of the Vermont Main Street Flood Relief FundAdvisory Board. The newly established fund aims to help small business owners recover from the floods.

Plus, the deputy secretary of the state's agency of Natural Resources will share an update on state-managed dams and on flood cleanup in businesses and homes.

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Broadcast at noon on Friday, July 14, 2023.

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Flooding recovery assistance and other key resources

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