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Cedar Rapids business raising money for employees after 2016 flood

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Lou Thompson, owner of the Village Meat Market and Cafe in Czech Village, knows all too well the devastation that Mother Nature is capable of. While living in Gulfport, Mississippi, she lost everything to Hurricane Katrina.

She then moved back to her home city of Cedar Rapids and got married. Shortly after, her husband's home destroyed by the 2008 flood. 

They persevered and soon Lou opened the Village Meat Market and Cafe, and then Mother Nature struck again with the 2016 flood.

The market was left dry and undamaged but had to be closed for two weeks. Some food items saved but many having to be tossed out.

Now, Thompson is raising money but not to cover her own flood-related costs but for her employees who were out of work during the time and the local vendors she uses.

"This is their full time gig ya know? They have mortgages and they have bills to pay and so that's very concerning. I have just an outstanding staff," she said.

In a week, more than $1,400 has been raised. Those interested can donate here.

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