MT. JULIET, Tenn. – Many people enjoyed a day off work on Labor Day, but for business owners hit hard by flooding earlier this year, they were happy to be open as they try to save their shops.
Anderson's Amish Furniture on North Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet is still feeling the effects of the floods in May and in August.
Owner Dan Anderson told News 2 Monday his furniture store, which he opened in August 2009, was thriving before the floods.
Anderson said, “I was trying to put blankets on furniture. Throw everything up on the tables. It was just me in here.”
The store was closed for a month.
He was able to reopen in June, but then, in August, he was once again flooded, just days after the one-year anniversary of opening his business.
Anderson is still repairing damage from the latest flood.
Plus, business has not recovered since May, which made it impossible for him to take Labor Day off.
“I'm just trying to keep my head above water so to speak and let it go from there,” he said.
Anderson is not sure how much longer his business will survive without a resurgence of customers, but he said he isn't going to give up.
“I have always had a hard time quitting when I should,” he said, “so I am not going to quit.”
Anderson said among all the challenges of recovering from both floods, he's learned some valuable lessons.
He said it's important to have flood insurance and to back up all of his sales records.