"Every day I wake up and think to myself, 'God, it wasn't just a bad dream,'" Meredith said, consoling yet another customer at the Red Top Tavern who broke down in tears. "It can be dangerous out here, the rivers and flooding, the mountains and landslides, but we love it, and I wouldn't leave. ... We all know the risks."
Associated Press writers Manuel Valdes and Phuong Le also contributed to this report.
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