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Business As Usual at Davenport Radisson

Davenport Radisson Hotel

Despite being on the edge of where downtown Davenport is under water, it's business and usual for Radisson Hotel on East Second Street.

General Manager Lena Schomer says their back parking lot is flooded, but there's been no other physial impact on the hotel because it was built soon after the 1993 flood so it has no basement and it's elevated a bit.

National news coverage of the flood has scared away some people who had reservations, but they've been replaced by people from restoration companies.

"We're getting a lot of the folks coming in to help out with the restoration of a lot of the businesses downtown here. So we're offering a rate to them and we've been getting quite a few of them."

And she thinks they may stay for a while because there's really not much actual restoration work to do until the water starts going down.

Schomer says the flood has attracted some other guests to the Radisson.

"They are excited to see the flood. It's a litte crazy for a lot of them - there's a lot of people taking pictures, a lot of people requesting to be on the side of the hotel with the river so they can see it. "

Even with water covering nearby streets, the hotel has hosted several special events this week and will host a wedding this weekend. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.