Quincy businesses prepare for flooding

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Businesses along the Mississippi River are doing what they can to fight back against the rising river.

Water on the Quincy Riverfront is quickly rising and people who live and work along the riverfront are taking action.

It’s a familiar sight along the Mississippi river, but in an unusual time.

“We knew we were gonna be in trouble cause the river was coming up again at an odd time of year again, so we did it yesterday,” Pier Restaurant Manager Richard Cole said.

Cole said they spent Tuesday putting up a ramp and a steel door, so they can remain open.

“Once it’s sealed up, we’re done,” Cole said. “That’s all we can do. Again, what we do with any water that trickles through the door, it goes into the elevator shaft and gets pumped back out into the river, so as long as we don’t have a breach of the door, we’re good to go.”

The flooding caught some customers off guard– especially those from out of town.

“I just had no idea the water was up, I don’t know why,” Beardstown resident Pam Desollar said. “It was kind of a surprise when we came over the road and down the road to the restaurant, I thought oh my gosh, we won’t be able to eat lunch.”

While the Pier is up and running, other businesses along the river, like the Rocky Point Club, aren’t so lucky.

“We were expecting the water to rise to about 21 and a half to 22 feet yesterday, but its up over 23, so over night it’s really jumped,” Rocky Point President Roy Riddle said.

Riddle said they have raised everything up off the floor by a foot, but with the water quickly rising– it’s going to be a busy night.

“We would like to just sandbag the doors, the entry points, because if it’s only a foot or so, we can keep most of it out with sandbags,” Riddle said.

Both businesses are ready to fight the flood.

“You can still get in, the only thing is that we don’t have a lifeguard on duty, so you’re on your own coming across the ramp,” Cole said.

By this time Thursday, the water will be even higher, as Bonansinga Drive is already closed in areas along the river.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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