ARARAT businesses are still feeling the impact of flash flooding a week after the emergency.
While some businesses and services re-opened immediately, others are taking longer to return to business as usual.
Signs of closures were still display on the doors of the Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre, Fer and Co and Toyz on Barkly on Wednesday.
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Tim Harrison said apart from the information centre, all council facilities were open to the public after last Wednesday’s storm.
"The Ararat Town Hall, the Ararat Gallery TAMA, the visitor information centre and the Ararat Outdoor Olympic Pool were affected by the storm," he said.
The information centre was relocated to Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre due to the amount of water that went through the building and the subsequent clean-up required.
“The visitor information centre will move back to its usual home at the Ararat Train Station as soon as possible,” Dr Harrison said.
Fer and Co owner Colin Carbis said his building received some water damage at the front of the shop.
"Water swept in through the front door and other places," he said.
"There is a fair bit of drying process. It's hard to say what is going to be worse. Despite the carpet drying out there is some staining and we don't know what's underneath the cabinetry."
Mr Carbis said there was a possibility of stripping out the whole shop.
"We've done a lot of clean up," he said.
"In some respects, we could open - but for cautionary reasons and the need for further assessments and investigation, we will stay closed.
"A lot of our stock was damaged out the back of the shop in the storage area.
"Once again, it's just working through and assessing what is there.
"Our number one priority is the health and safety of our customers - we can't afford for them to come in and pick up some kind of mould or bug."
Ararat RSL manager Maria Whitford said it was business as usual for the establishment despite some parts of the building damaged from the rain.
"We are still in the process of drying out in some areas," she said.
"The kids' playroom is on lock-down as it needs to be re-carpeted and dried out properly.
"It's all happening and we are just waiting for it all to dry out before we can move forward.
"We need to make sure all the processes are followed and things are done properly for the safety of the members and guest and ensure we don't have any long-term issues."
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