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Road Closures Affect Area Businesses

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The flood waters are still receding around the area and things are getting back to normal. Davenport city crews are working to clean up around Modern Woodmen Park.  Crews are also in the process of removing the hesco barriers from River Drive.  Roads that were blocked off have some traffic flowing freely again, but you can still see signs are up letting drivers know that roads are closed ahead because of the flooding.

"I've got to go several different ways because River Drive is closed, which is a hassle but you do what you have to do," said Larry Ranum, a customer of Java Java Cafe.

Ranum uses River Drive to get to his favorite coffee shop, Java Java Café, because of the recent flooding, he hasn't been able to get his normal fix because the doors closed earlier than usual.   

" I was very disappointed because I'd have my heart set on a nice sandwich or brat and coffee so then i'll have to find some place else to go," Ranum said.  

That's exactly what owner Daron Vanzuiden  says causes him to lose business.

"There's been times that we've not opened on certain days due to lack of business," Vanzuiden said. "When people see orange signs and detour signs, it just causes chaos. People don't want to get out of line. They don't want to stop. They don't want to be late for work. We see a huge drop off in our busiest time of day."

Vanzuiden days he sees a drop off to the tune of half of their normal sales, but says he is used to this every year. He calls it a risk he takes because his shop is so close to the river.  His customer, Larry agrees, but offers a few words of advice to the city.  

"The city needs to do like Bettendorf.  I live in Bettendorf. They need to build a flood wall. They can do that and still be able to see the river," Ranum said.  

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