GRAFTON, ILL. - More than seven feet of water submerged parts of an Illinois tourist town during recent flooding.
Now, most of Grafton is dry, with the flood water receding back into the Illinois river, but at least one business faces weeks of cleanup.
Perched on the edge of the Illinois river, Grafton’s Hawg Pit Bar and Grill is known to flood. But this year wasn't typical.
"It was fast, dirty and yes…worse," said Julie Hopper, Co-manager and Bartender.
Hopper says it's worse because this time, the flood water seemed higher. Hopper says it was almost seven feet high inside the bar.
Where the bar's parking lot used to be, you can now see boats passing by.
Staff say it could take up to two weeks for the water here to recede out of the restaurants parking lot.
Cleanup has already begun, and a health inspector will be viewing the bar later this week.
"When flood waters come out, we go in with power washers, and power wash all the mud and everything out. Then put the fans up to air everything out. A lot of sanitzer and bleach water," said Hopper.
Meantime, Grafton’s new mayor Rick Eberlin says this flood left behind an larger mess than usual around town.
"More driftwood this flood, as compared to all the other passed floods. Whole trees. Whole grown, 40-50 foot trees," said Eberlin, who organized clean up efforts over the weekend.
Eberlin says he’ll be hosting another clean up day where volunteers can help get rid of some of the debris washed up by the flood water.
The Hawg Pit is scheduled to re-open on May 26.
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