Local businesses prepare for early spring flooding

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Quincy, IL (WGEM) — The Pier restaurant is already taking action ahead of potential flooding, by putting the ramp up to the second level of the restaurant.

Restaurant manager Richard Cole said at  least 22 feet of water will be at his front door and by Tuesday river levels are projected to be at 22.1 feet.

While Cole is used to dealing with spring flooding, he’s concerned about already having to deal with it this early.

“Generally in my experience, over the last 20 years, if you have a flood early in the spring then you have a second flood later on in June and July,” said Cole. “We’re hoping that doesn’t happen, but the last couple of times we’ve had big floods, that’s how it happened.”

However, he said his business should run as normal even as the water rises next week.

“It doesn’t hurt our business, as long as the water doesn’t go over the road,” Cole said. “People just come up the ramp, there’s plenty of parking on the streets and we have a lot across the street that they can use. The only thing we don’t have is a life guard on duty.”

Cole is considering putting in the steel plate in front of the glass doors this weekend to keep water out of the lower level.

WGEM Staff

WGEM Staff

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