Peoria riverfront businesses reopen as water recedes

By WEEK Producer

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some Peoria riverfront businesses are getting back to normal as the water recedes.

Joe's Crab Shack and The Heartland Partnership employees were able to get back to work Friday thanks to a make-shift extension to the stationary bridge that was built last year for flooding.

Chamber of Commerce President Roberta Parks says they were fortunate enough to be able to work from home but they did move out their servers as a precaution.

Riverfront developer Mike Wisdom says it was important to get the businesses accessible again but especially important to get Joe's Crab shack open by the weekend.

"The tenants are all ecstatic that they're back open this quickly. Nobody expected that with this massive of a flood. Chamber of Commerce, Joe's crab shack they're going to have a big weekend this weekend I'm sure,” said Wisdom.

Martini's and the River Station are still surrounded by sandbags and the water will have to recede a few more feet before they can be cleaned and opened for business.

Wisdom says the River Station does have someone inside 24 hours a day to make sure water is not leaking into the restaurant.

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