West Nyack slow to recover from Irene

December 2, 2011 2:12:46 PM PST
They were doing brisk business at Lulu's this afternoon, but it has not been business as usual at this popular West Nyack café. Not even close.

Tropical storm Irene left its mark in the tiny Rockland County hamlet over the summer.

Though flooding is not uncommon in the area, a five foot wall of water from the Lake DeForrest reservoir ravaged the small commercial strip in the heart of downtown.

Rich Genova's pizzeria just reopened five weeks ago after being closed for two months. He lost everything.

Genova estimates he lost a quarter million dollars in equipment and revenue.

He had no flood insurance and tapped into his son's college fund in order to rebuild.

Some businesses couldn't make it back. The post office still hasn't reopened. The building had to be completely gutted and rebuilt. Its closure has meant more than just an inconvenience for residents. It has had a ripple effect on other businesses.