Several businesses in a complex near the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) remain closed following flooding in September that ruined those shops and restaurants.
While those retailers and eateries are a long way from opening to the public, some got a little closer on Tuesday, thanks to some skilled volunteers who helped out.
"I didn't know what to do. You see the water coming in fast. I didn't even have a chance to think what to do," said restaurant owner Maroun Hamash.
However, things are now looking up, thanks to volunteers brought in by local nonprofit SHARE.
"You can hear jackhammers, painters, all the people from the painting company. All the laborers here have donated their time," said Arnold Stalk, who heads up SHARE. "Las Vegas has been good to us. We wanted to help. It's scary how your life can change in just minutes."
"I was stoked. So far it has been we're on our own. But slowly people are helping out. We do a lot of fundraising events ourselves, and to be on the receiving end is great," said Jeff MacIntosh, owner of Tatlantis, a tattoo studio.
For Hamash, the help is appreciated, but he knows his wish list is still a long one if he's going to reopen his restaurant.
"All the things you need to prepare – the food, the containers, plus all the drinks," he said.
Volunteers as well as donations of cash or supplies are still needed. If you'd like to help, you may donate to SHARE here.
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