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An aerial photo shot Friday morning shows the Illinois River beginning to flood the Spring Valley Boat Club (lower right). Boat club members have been pumping water out of the building, which is still only accessible by boat, since Sunday.
Although Spring Valley Boat Club still is only accessible by boat, club members have been busy pumping flood water out of the building for the past few days. When Illinois River levels crested over the weekend, three to five feet of water filled the bar and dining areas of the club, said commodore Brian Pellegrini. To get an idea of how high that is, club secretary Don Troglio said the water came within inches of touching the bar rail. That’s considerably more than in 2008 when flood waters were within an inch of the club’s protective wall, but didn’t overflow the barrier. “I’ve been down there I believe 27 years and we’ve gone through a lot of floods and even a fire on the dock down there. This is probably the worst we’ve had it,” said boat club member Dave Meyer. The river crested Saturday at a record-setting 34.44 feet in La Salle, the nearest stream gauge site. The previous record was 33.79 feet in September 2008. On Sunday club members, who reached the building by jon boats, began pumping water out of the building. By Tuesday, the main floor had been pumped dry, but some water remained in the basement. Some mud and other debris were left behind when the flood water was pumped out. Club members had removed as many valuables and other objects as possible on Thursday as river levels were climbing, but the flood still caused considerable damage to the interior of the building, Pellegrini said. Meyer said other boat clubs and marinas along the river are likely facing similar problems. The club’s docks managed to ride out the flooding well, Troglio said, although the gas dock and boat club sign suffered minor damage. The cost of the damage is unknown at this time. Club members said insurance adjustors will be inspecting the building on Wednesday. In the meantime, club members are watching the building around the clock to protect against possible scavengers, Meyer said. On the other side of the river, Barto Landing is similarly inaccessible, said mayor Cliff Banks. “It looks like it’s in good shape,” he said. Banks said Spring Valley Walleye Club members will likely be able to access the site by Monday.