CHICAGO (CBS) — Memorial Day weekend is normally a giant cash maker for some companies alongside the water, however latest rain is dealing a devastating blow to outlets already stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s not what Memorial Day weekend at Damaged Oar Bar and Grill in Port Barrington is meant to appear like.
“You’ll be able to see all of our picnic tables, all of our eating tables are all six inches below water proper now,” mentioned proprietor Bonnie Miske Haber.
She has fonder reminiscences of crowds packing the patio alongside the Fox River.
“As I stand right here at present, on our largest day of the yr, we’re absent of any clients proper now, so it’s heartbreaking,” she mentioned.
She now has so much fewer tables to arrange for out of doors social distance eating this week. Her boat visitors will not be even floating in.
The Fox River and Chain O’ Lakes stay closed due to excessive water ranges.
“It’s been one factor after one other,” Miske Haber mentioned. “We’re taking one step ahead, two steps backwards.”
It’s unclear when the 7,000 acres of waterway and 500 miles of shoreline will open, and that’s horrible information for companies hoping to get well from the monetary pinch of the pandemic. Many aren’t cashing in on these massive crowds from Chicago.
“We’ve had a number of of these calls at present,” mentioned Fox 14 Marina proprietor Garry Zack. “They don’t wish to come out except they will plan on what they’ll do. Clearly you’re not going to convey your skis and stuff.”
Zack owns two marinas in McHenry County. The excellent news is extra boaters are coming again as COVID-19 restrictions get loosened.
“However now we’ve obtained this predicament with the river getting manner too excessive once more, so Mom Nature’s doing it to us,” Zack mentioned. “We’re a good group on our decrease river and our Chain O’ Lakes.”
The Fox Waterway Company says water ranges are nonetheless rising. Companies predict waterways will probably be closed for no less than one other week and a half.
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