New Love's Park Business Fights Floodwaters

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Floodwaters are finally beginning to recede across the Stateline, but the ordeal is far from over for hundreds of families. Homeowners aren't the only ones suffering. One riverside business' biggest asset -- the Rock River -- has become its worst enemy.

For the owners of Tad's bar and restaurant in Love's Park, this is the sound of money draining out of their new business.
"Last Sunday we had fifty tables out here, with 55, 60 people out here. The water has come up about five feet, there is a walkway out there that is completely under water. The water came all the way up to the building," says Tad's owner, Therese Ann Dobson.
The riverside patio was the restaurant's biggest draw, until it was swallowed into the Rock River.
"Everybody wants to come in and sit outside. So they'll walk in, see that the patio is closed and turn around and leave," says Dobson's daughter and co-owner Paula Schwartz.
Business is down 75 percent, costing Dobson and her two daughters thousands of dollars. This after they poured more than $100-thousand into renovating the place. It was only open three weeks, before the Rock started to rise.
Then the task turned to sandbagging and pumping. But despite their best efforts, Dobson saw the water start to seep in last Wednesday.
"She came running into the kitchen and said get a mop, it was all coming through the wall actually, it wasn't coming through the door. So we had to move the sandbags," says Schwartz.
Despite a 24-hour vigil to keep the waters out, the owners have kept the inside of Tad's open and persuaded many patrons to stick around.
"It's been a fun place, so we'll stay here whether its open or not," says Tad's patron Glyn Standen.
To add insult to injury, Dobson lives on Shore Drive in Machesney Park, where the worst of the flooding has been. But her house is still above water and she's hopeful her business will stay afloat too.

Tad's also had to lay off about 16 employees because of the dip in business. They hope to bring those workers back on when the deck reopens.
The water is dropping, so the owners are hoping to reopen the concrete patio soon. That's where boats can pull up, dock and the owners can hop out for a drink.
But the wooden deck has been sitting in soft, muddy ground, so it probably won't be stable for awhile. They're hoping there's no permanent water damage to the deck.
They also don't have flood insurance because they never expected the water to get that high.
But the owners are staying positive and open inside.

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