WEST NYACK, NY (WCBS 880) – Life does not magically return to normal after flood waters recede.

The West Nyack post office has been closed for three months since Tropical Storm Irene. It will reopen on Monday.

Down the street at Lulu’s Cafe, the cozy, retro-style luncheonette shows no signs of the flooding or damage, but the Journal News reports business has dropped off 40 percent.

At a dry cleaner, the owner tells WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams that they’re in a slump and that customers have not all returned.

Other storefronts are vacant. A hair salon went under because it had no flood insurance.

A florist, though, is moving past the mopping up, the dehumidifiers, and the smell of mildew cleaner. He’s decorated his window with a Christmas tree and golden cherubs. The flooding will not diminish his holiday spirit.

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