Water finds its way into business just behind HESCO barriers


The latest jump in the river level is causing trouble for one business that up until now has been dry.  

ROAM sits just behind the HESCO barriers on River Drive in downtown Davenport so they haven’t had to close, but this morning owner Dylan Steil walked in to find sewers had backed-up from the heavy rain. 

Most of the water was in the coffee bar — the lowest part of the restaurant. Steil said the restaurant will be closed several days so they can get the water out and sanitize. 

“We joked that we’ll have to deal with flooding at some point,” Steil said. “What we didn’t realize is that we were going to go right from opening to polar vortex to flooding. So I guess our jokes didn’t go too far past reality.”

Steil said he’s not worried about losing money from the water damage, but he is worried about how much work his employees may have to miss.

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