With the help of a new Wal-Mart, Grundy, Va., is crossing into a new era after decades of an empty, flood-prone downtown that showed no sign of coming back to life. (Debra McCown/Special to the Washington Times)

With the help of a new Wal-Mart, Grundy, Va., is crossing into a new era after decades of an empty, flood-prone downtown that showed no sign of coming back to life. (Debra McCown/Special to the Washington Times)