Old Lyme shop owners help others in storm aftermath - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Old Lyme shop owners help others in storm aftermath

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© A photo from its Facebook page of the Carousel Shop in Old Lyme before Hurricane Sandy. © A photo from its Facebook page of the Carousel Shop in Old Lyme before Hurricane Sandy.
© The horses at the Carousel Shop in Old Lyme after Hurricane Sandy. © The horses at the Carousel Shop in Old Lyme after Hurricane Sandy.
OLD LYME, CT (WFSB) -

Even after Hurricane Sandy flooded the Carousel Shop in Old Lyme, the owners are helping others damaged by the storm.

About two weeks ago, the famous horses at the Carousel Shop in Old Lyme were under two feet of salt water caused by waves from Hurricane Sandy.

Normally this time of year, Dee Vowles and her husband would be resting off-season in Florida, but Hurricane Sandy altered those plans.

"The lower merchandise got messed up and the upper merchandise is OK," she said. "The machinery, the compressors freezers are trashed already."

On Wednesday, Dee and Jerry Vowles were ripping out sheet rock and damaged equipment and placing it into a dumpster. By the end of the day, two dumpsters were filled with damaged items.

However, the owners of Carousel Shop have been doing tons of laundry and cleaning clothing and other merchandise that were damaged in the hurricane to give it away to nonprofit organizations.

"A lady from the Haitian Health Foundation came and picked them up yesterday," said Dee Vowles. "Then Hark, an organization that works with mentally challenged individuals, took damp things."

Hurricane Sandy was the biggest storm the Vowles have faced in their 25 years while at the Carousel Shop in Old Lyme.

On Wednesday night, the owners assured patrons that they're not giving up and will re-open by Memorial Day Weekend. Jerry Vowles told Eyewitness News that the famous carousel will be fully inspected and ready to ride next year.

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