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Town Of Lyons Continues To Recover, Bring Business Back

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Oskar Blues opened a food truck in Lyons to feed residents and raise money to help businesses rebuild (credit: CBS)

Oskar Blues opened a food truck in Lyons to feed residents and raise money to help businesses rebuild (credit: CBS)

LYONS, Colo. (CBS)- Lyons is one town in Colorado devastated by last month’s flooding that is working hard to make a comeback thanks to its dedicated community.

Although there is still no running water and no working bathrooms in the town there is a place to get a bite to eat.

Oskar Blues is the first restaurant in the town to begin serving customers since the flooding wiped out or damaged many businesses.

Only about 22 of the town’s 100 businesses are open.

The restaurant arrived with their food truck to serve burgers and beer to Lyons residents and anyone else who was hungry.

“To have a nice warm burger, it’s a pretty nice thing to have after four weeks of eating at The Salvation Army kitchen truck,” said business owner Arn Hayden.

“FEMA provides a lot of great assistance and the Red Cross, The Salvation Army provide great assistance to the residents but where the gap is really in the businesses.”

A portion of the proceeds will go to a foundation started by Oskar Blues to get that money to those who need it most.

“Get the money in quickly and turn it around and give it to individuals and businesses that needed it rapidly,” said Oskar Blues spokesman Chad Melis.

The owners of the St. Vrain Market weren’t sure how soon they would be welcoming back customers but reopened this week.

“We have been able to bring about four employees back to work. It’s been the key thing driving us to get our doors open,” said St. Vrain Market owner Connie Sullivan.

Most of the money for the foundation comes from beer sales. A portion of each beer sold will go directly to the foundation to help businesses in Lyons rebuild.

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