Valley Junction Digs Out, Ready for Business - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Valley Junction Digs Out, Ready for Business

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Jessica Daley

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First they had to dig out of their homes, and then they had to dig out their stores.

Since many of the shops in Valley Junction open around 10:00 a.m., they were out this morning shoveling away to help lead customers into their stores.

Owners say it's important to clear them off so no one gets hurt and so people feel welcome to their store.

"This one was a much easier clearing snow storm. It was a real soft, dry snow. It was not nearly as heavy as what December's was," says Nancy Nelson, owner of Floral Touch.

Some will close if the weather is bad enough, but that just wasn't the case this time. Other stores are open regardless, and say some of their loyal customers join them rain, shine or snow.

People were out shopping and eating already Friday morning. With the snow melting almost as fast as it fell and schools staying open, store owners don't expect to miss out on much business, like they did after the blizzard in December.

"A lot people just kind of skip the day if they're not going to work, they're probably not coming out here either," says Teresa Brittain, owner of The General Store Eatery. "Sometimes when the schools close, I try to go with we're closed too."

It's a good thing businesses are on top of the shoveling. In West Des Moines, all property owners only have 24 hours after a snow event to clear them. In Des Moines, it's 48 hours.

If your sidewalks aren't cleared by then, you could get a ticket.

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