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Business owners in St. Marks relieved after storm

Posted at 6:12 AM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 06:12:03-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — St. Marks store owners say they're relieved the storm didn't bring as much rain as it *could have.

"It was all we wanted but nothing that we expected," said Joy Brown, Bo Lynns Owner.

Joy Brown has lived in Wakulla County for more than 50 years.

When she heard about Tropical Storm Nestor she prepared for the worst.

"In the store here I always take merchandise off of the bottom shelves and put it up as high as we can. Outside we have a bench that's floated away during the hurricane so I had it brought in. We just tie anything that's down and move the trashcans away," said Brown.

Brown felt unsettled with the storm moving in. She and many others in her community are still trying to get life back to normal after Hurricane Michael.

"We haven't gotten over Hurricane Michael yet. There are many people that are still repairing and replacing and just recovering from that, then to think of possibly another one? We couldn't handle it," said Brown.

She's relieved to see the flooding outside her grocery store isn't worse.

Just across the street at the Riverside Cafe owner Stanley West echoed Brown's feelings.

"We made it through really good. We put everything up on a block or two and everything road out very well," said Stanley West, Riverside Cafe.

The next storm might not be the same story.

That's why West has a message for anyone living in Saint Marks or a similar storm-prone area.

"You have to be vigilant. You have to take the precautions that you need to take," said West.