US (CA): Flooded local flower shop turns to auction for survival

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Following the devastating storms on January 22, many individuals and businesses have been facing difficulties in accessing flood relief.

Fortunately, some flood-affected families qualify for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance, while small businesses with fewer than 12 employees have the opportunity to apply for grants offered by the City of San Diego.

However, Native Poppy, a floral shop impacted by flooding, finds itself ineligible for both federal and city funding, presenting a unique challenge to its survival.Inside the shop’s Mission Valley warehouse, employees are diligently preparing for the upcoming wedding season.

“We’re pretty tough around here,” Owner Natalie Gill said. “The thing that I’m having a hard time understanding is how the government isn’t viewing us as a small business.”


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