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Businesses along Quincy’s riverfront give update on flooding

The Mississippi River is starting to go down, but not fast enough for some businesses along Quincy’s riverfront.

Collision Solutions is still partially operating while water is in their building.

“I’ve never seen it come up so fast,” said Collision Solutions Owner Jeff Stone.

Stone says he had no idea it could get this bad.

“Thirty and a half was what they were predicting,” said Stone. “We built bags for that and that night it went over and there was no way to recover after that.”

At it’s highest, there was several feet of water in the main office but stone says they were able to save some important documents.

“We were able to just move everything down to the tow shop and I do have the computers up and running so I can still write estimates,” said Stone. “We just can’t do any work.”

Across the road, The Pier Owner Richard Cole looks at his restaurant that has been closed for a little more than a week.

“We will be closed two weeks because of this flood,” said Cole. “One week from the last one. Three weeks total. It takes a little bit of hit to the business.”

At this point there’s nothing Cole can do, but that’s not the worst part.

“It’s tougher for the employees, quite frankly.” said Cole. “No work, no pay.”

With the most recent crest being the second highest on record, both Stone and Cole say they think this is only the beginning.

“We’re having a lot of 500 year floods in the last 10 years,” said Stone.

“There’s a whole lot more water coming down the river than there used to be.” said Cole. “I don’t think it’s going to get any better.”

The Pier is expected to open next Tuesday.

The towing company for Collision Solutions is still open.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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