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This new round of rain and hail isn't the forecast people in the Beulah area were hoping for, just a week after flood waters swept through.

"I heard it's supposed to be raining again pretty soon, so I'm a littler nervous," said resident Cindy Goppert.

But on the other hand...

"If you don't have the rain, you have the threat of fire--which is a major concern here in Beulah now," said Beulah resident Kenneth Kelly.

It's a tough balance to strike, especially when you're trying to sell a home.

"It doesn't scare me--but for prospective buyers, I can see that being a problem," said Goppert, who has a "For Sale by Owner" sign hanging up in her yard.

Other homeowners, who had their driveways completely destroyed by flood waters, have to decide whether to entirely replace it, or just patch things up.

Kenneth Kelly says since the flood, business has been pouring in for his excavation company, but at the expense of his tight-knit community.

"It's a heartache to them and a financial strain on them because a lot of people can't put these major driveways back in every time there's a flood."

Even businesses, like the Beulah Inn, have taken a financial hit--not from the flood, but the aftermath of it.

"A lot of people stop us and say, 'are you even open right now?'  Are you flooded?'  It didn't affect us here in the town," said owner Cindy Bates.

And that's a message the town hopes to get out in time for their summer tourist season.

"We depend on our summers--our springs and our summers--to last through the winter.  We appreciate their business--and we are open!"

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