Walking into your own business and seeing nothing but water and red mud is never a good way to start the day. This is exactly the site Joyce Stamper saw when she came into work Saturday afternoon. It's not the first time a downpour has brought a muddy, wet mess into her store, Joyce's Etc.
"This is the worst I've been flooded over the years. I've been here twenty years and this is about my seventh flood," said Stamper
Water didn't just come into the front of the store. This time, it went all the way to the back. That's where Joyce's inventory of tuxedos, pants, shirts, and everything else is stored. More damage is yet to come.
"They're up on racks, but you've got water that's there, that causes moisture, that causes mildew," described Stamper.
Other businesses located by Joyce's Etc. also experienced some water damage. None of them are strangers to the flooding. Meridian Mayor Cherri Barry said it's an issue she plans on addressing.
"And we're going to look into it. I'm fixing to contact public works to find out what we can do as a city to take care of the needs of the people. And Joyce is just one of them."
For now, the flooding already did it's damage. Those pretty dresses drapped in red mud will have to go.
"You will throw those in the garbage can. There is nothing you can do to get red mud out of this and we don't know where the red mudd came from," said Stamper.
The staff at Joyce's Etc. has been working all weekend to get the store cleaned up enough to re-open. They tell us they plan to open their doors this Tuesday.