One by one, flood-damaged businesses are turning their lights back on. Karen's Produce and Ice Cream in Montgomery County is now one of those businesses. The popular eatery and farm stand opened their doors today, after a long road of recovery from last summer's floods. Our Megan Cruz reports.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.Y. -- After a season cut short last year by Tropical Storm Irene, Karen's Produce and Ice Cream in Montgomery County reopened Tuesday, serving up their soft serve and signature burgers.
The Mohawk Valley favorite is family-owned, and situated where the Mohawk River and Schoharie Creek meet. Co-owner Deanna Nelson said August 28th was one of the worst days of her life.
"When we first walked in, it was a disaster. Everything was tipped over, mud everywhere, we kind of had to start from scratch, from square one again," said Deanna Nelson, co-owner of Karen’s.
But that was nothing…compared to news of losing a loved one.
"We lost our father, who was our business partner, our mentor, and our backbone," said Nelson.
Stephen Terleckey had been driving east on 5S that Sunday morning. He was on his way to Karen's to check on the stores and crops. The next thing Nelson knew, they received news that her dad's car had been washed off the road and into the Schoharie Creek. It was determined he died of a heart attack.
"It almost doesn't seem real for many days, since he was here every day and we had that constant contact. Now he's not, and it's very difficult," said Nelson.
Despite that, she said the family has been plugging along, determined to reopen Karen's...for dad.
"I think he drives us from above. Knowing this was his life and we felt we had to carry on because that's what he would've wanted," said Nelson.
Opening day, April 10th, would have been their dad's 73rd birthday.