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Floodwaters still causing trouble for businesses

Floodwaters are receding in Coeur...

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Floodwaters are receding in Coeur d’Alene, but they’re still causing trouble for businesses.

Up until Monday, the only way to get to Cedars Floating Restaurant was by boat. The parking lot and dock leading up to the restaurant were covered in feet of water.

“It was unbelievable and it came so fast and then it obviously went so high,” Lynette Baskins, Cedars Floating Restaurant General Manager, said.

Employees say the water was within a foot of getting inside the door. Cedars has been closed for about ten days. While some employees are grateful for some time off, others had to file for unemployment.

“It was kind of a push on both ends here of getting the food out, you know, everything sanitary and safe, and then just getting back in and some cleaning done,” Codey LaBolle, Sous Chef, said.

The water is starting to recede and employees were able to get into Cedars on Monday. Several employees washed out freezers on Tuesday and got the restaurant ready to reopen. They’re hoping to reopen Thursday or Friday.

Baskins said there’s no water damage inside the restaurant and no damage to the building, which was a concern because of debris in the lake.


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