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Credit Island Lodge: The Next Step

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The future of Credit Island up for debate. While opening the Island itself depends on the rising waters falling, the Lodge is a different story.

It has been nearly a week since a devastating fire there. Crews spent hours battling flames that were shooting from the roof. The fire did so much damage, that once it was out, they would only let us see the building from the outside. But Wednesday night, we got to see inside for the first time, and hear what it will take to restore the lodge.

Fire Chief Lynn Washburn showed Aldermen slides and narrated what they were seeing. She pointed out a charred support beam, smoke and heat damage, along with debris from a collapsed second floor. "This was a stairwell where again the ceiling fell out and the stairwell burned out," Washburn said, adding there is still water everywhere.

Looking at the slides and an accompanying video, Mayor Bill Gluba told the crowd, "It's clearly a shame that this happened to the Credit Island Lodge. There are a lot of people here who put a lot of blood, sweat and time. We were pretty proud of the fact that we brought it back from the dead."

But to do that again may be difficult. While the Lodge is insured, it is also in a flood-way. City Administrator Craig Malin says that means if repairs cost more than half the assessed 613 thousand dollar value, there just aren't as many options. "So if the repairs cost more than 306 thousand dollars, we have to elevate the building. And not buy a little bit, by taller than I am," he says. "Or you have to flood-proof it."

Potentially putting a wet scenario in place. That allows water to move through the first floor. Or hard protect it, which is what the city did at Modern Woodmen Park. "Either elevating it or flood protecting it is in the 7-figure range," Malin says. He says a last option would be to demolish it. That, something no one on the council seems to want to do.

Alderman Nate Brown, telling the crowd, "It's survived so many floods through the years, and it's frustrating that it comes to a fire." "It's just great to see that building restored," Mayor Gluba says. "And now we're back to square one, or worse, I guess."

Crews are still assessing damage and securing the lodge. Malin says there is security there 24-7 and the first floor will be boarded up so no one gets in, or hurt. And we should have an idea in the coming days of just how much damage there is, and how much it could cost to fix it.

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