After flooding rushed in, businesses waiting on water to recede before taking next steps


From minor to catastrophic is the type of damage Downtown Davenport businesses are facing since the HESCO barrier breach.

Some of the businesses expect it will be some time before they open again.

Both Front Street Brewery and Roam posting on Facebook they will be closed for the foreseeable future and will not know the total extent of the damage till after the flood waters recede.

Roam, which has only been open a few months, has set up a Go Fund Me page to help with the cost of recovery and support their employees. 

Other businesses affected by the breach are also in a wait and see mode.

For the past day, people and pumps have been the critical resources for those who work in the area, but now they’re in place it’s a lot of watching the water.

Owner of Exit Realty Fireside Scott Ryder has been in his business most of Wednesday monitoring that sandbags are holding and pumps are running.

After leaving the business around midnight, he was back at 7 a.m. to get more pumps going.

When he got into the office, he said there was at least three to four inches of water in the main office area.

But the back garage, where at least a foot and a half of water is currently sitting there is the main deluge they’re trying to hold back.

Ryder said to Local 4 News he told most of his employees to not worry about coming to the office Wednesday since there’s little they can do at the moment to address the flooding.

Right now they’re working to find other ways to keep the business open.

“It’s big deal; we have people that are trying to drop off rent today. It’s the beginning of the month. We’ve got agents who are trying to work. We’ve got a lot of support from other businesses that have offered for us to work there and do things,” said Ryder.

Ryder said this situation would have turned out a lot worse if it wasn’t for the volunteers that showed up Tuesday night and can’t thank them enough for saving 10 of their cars and helping with the sandbagging.

Ryder said, “I don’t know how many people that we never even met before and we had a family that was here will us until the late night and brought pumps and generators and different things.”

Ryder said they invested a couple $100,000 into renovating the building they moved into in February, but at the moment the central damage appears to be to the flooring and some of the drywall.

He told Local 4 News in the coming days the primary assistance people can provide is to lend them large fans and dehumidifiers to dry out.

If people are looking to volunteer, they can reach out to Scott County.

Individuals looking to volunteer with flood assistance should call Scott County Emergency Management Agency at 563-484-3086. Your skills will be matched with current locations needing assistance. Upon arrival at the volunteer site, you should anticipate having to sign in and provide your name. This is required in case the event qualifies for potential Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement in the future. If you are a business or resident requiring volunteer assistance, call Scott County Emergency Management Agency at 563-484-3098. The call center will be staffed between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m, until further notice. If you’re looking to provide donated items, please contact the Salvation Army at 309-566-0305. 

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