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Evandy's Boatel opens its doors again after flood

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This year's flood is still impacting businesses and restaurants in the Tri-State area.  Evandy's Boatel had to close its doors for about a month because of the rising water on the Illinois River but after recently opening, they're still facing hardships. 

Buddy Fore said he's excited to get back to work after not working for about 30 days.  During that time, he says some workers had to find other jobs because of the delay.  While Fore didn't quit, he said he had other ways to make money.
"There was talk that it could be another month before the water went down. So I had looked into other options with work, while I was out of work I did some cast jobs," Fore said.  
The water rose so high, manager Gary Freeman said he had to use a boat to get back and forth from the boatel.  
Now people around the area say this is the biggest flood they've ever seen. This is the marker from the 1993 flood.  People say if you wanted to mark the 2013 flood, it would be about another six inches higher. 
While no water got into the restaurant, that wasn't the case for the patio.  Freeman said even though the river has gone down and they've cleaned up the flooded area, the flood is still limiting the amount of people coming in. 
"Probably about 50 percent. Just lack of parking hurts.  It's been tough just because the parking is limited. I mean we still have a lot of seep waters but I think this next week will be busy," Freeman said.   

Freeman said he typically sees about 100 additional people park in that flooded area.  

 

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