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And no-one would have blamed her.
''I thought: 'That's it then'.
''For a while there, I said to my husband, 'let's just hope this place disappears and let's not even bother going back'.''
It was the most distressing of times.
But it was a mixture of pride and dogged determination that made her reconsider, she said.
''We were only open nine days when this happened. It just seemed too short to decide that we couldn't go any further.
''We had invested so much, emotionally, into it.
''We just thought, if we walked away, we would be losing everything.''
She said the insurance payout would not cover all of the damage, but if they repaired the building and continued to operate, they believed they could ''make it up over the next few years''.
Now that everything had been cleaned and dried, contractors were putting the building back together.
''After the floor was done, I felt quite positive.
''The only problem is, being December, it is hard to get hold of anybody [builders] to help put the place back together again.''
Mrs Emerson estimated the flood had cost her more than $150,000.
This was traditionally the time of year when restaurants were at their busiest, with Christmas work functions and family gatherings.
''I've had to cancel so many bookings.
''We've lost the whole of December and all of January - our two busiest months.
''This is when the holiday-makers come through.
''Every day I see people on bikes from the rail trail coming through. They look around and see nowhere to go and I think 'there goes my money'.''
Despite the losses, she was excited the restaurant was coming together again and she hoped it would reopen in early February, if not earlier.
It was a timely reminder that the new year brought new beginnings, and she was looking forward to organising a ''reopening party'' for the restaurant.