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Flood victims feeling frustrated over cleanup
Victims of last week's flooding are still cleaning up from some major damage. Now many people are wondering where to turn to for help. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Robert Taylor is back at the barber chair. He's in business after last week's rain rushed into his shop, but Taylor couldn't wait around for the cleanup.
"We can't close," Taylor said. "We were closed a few days, but we knew we had to get back open soon we couldn't let it sit."
With help from customers Taylor wiped the floors and painted. The two-tone walls show just how high flood waters were.
"We had about 30 homes that were impacted and about 20 or so businesses that were impacted," Irene Navis with Clark County Emergency Management said.
Navis said the county is still looking at flood damage. The reports go to the state and flooded areas could get some relief to rebuild.
"We understand that there are a number of federal programs that we may be eligible for," Navis said. "One program is through the small business administration that not only helps businesses, but home owners."
But getting that funding takes time and Dominic Vendetti can't wait.
"I don't know what do to right now I'm in shock," Vendetti said. "I hope I don't get a heart attack I lost everything."
Flood waters sliced through Vendetti's pizza shop. It destroyed food and ovens.
"I have nothing left, I'm done, I'm finished," he said. "I need someone to come in and help me."
Like many flood victims, he doesn't have insurance or money to fix it.
"To what extent they might have flood insurance or not - if they don't I'm sure there are programs and community resources that can help folks," Navis said.
If you're a victim of last week's flooding. The county is asking you to call 702-455-1389 so it can come and assess your damage. A state emergency can only be declared, if the damage meets the requirements.
This week the State Division of Emergency Management will take a look at the flooding. The division said it contacted FEMA to let the agency know people locally may need assistance.