Tavern to open despite flood damage costs

By Beau Ebenezer

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM CDT

SPRING BAY Ill -- For several Spring Bay residents it has not felt the same riding along Lake Street after flooding left houses destroyed and one local business closed.

"It's the only place we have to eat around here, so we kind of have to travel far rather than have something that close, said Spring Bay resident, Stephanie Vaughn."

Owners of Bemer's Village Inn, located right across the street from the Illinois River, expected to be out of business indefinitely when they heard of the river's expected crest.

Now, one month later, Bemer's co-owner, Brad Rohman, can not seem to let his life-long place of work disappear.

"We weren't really sure what we were going to do, but after we didn't have it anymore, you kind of miss it," said Rohman.

He added that thanks to a private loan from Morton Community Bank and the money they can apply for now that Woodford County has qualified for FEMA assistance, they will hopefully be able to take care of an estimated $40,000 in damages and loss of business.

For future visitors, it will be hard to forget the 2013 flood that shut down Bemer's Village Inn, with the floor and bottom portion of the wall painted blue to serve as a reminder.

"I thought the next time the river comes back up, it will look nice and blue and everyone can swim," Brad's father, Dennis Rohman said jokingly.

Bemer's Village Inn is expected to open partially on June 4th.