By: Kate Pabich
While many river front homes and businesses are damaged by the floods, one local staple is miraculously untouched. It has Burlington residents breathing a sigh of relief.
It's the place where Burlington locals go to drink up and wind down, but owner of Big Muddy's, Dennis Standard, says it's sweet spot on the river doesn't always bode well when it comes to April showers.
"90 percent of the time it's not an issue but there's a three to four month period out of the year where you're vulnerable."
Dennis Standard has owned the place for 25 years. He bought the old railroad depot back in 1987 and turned it into a restaurant with a special vibe, but mother nature has put a damper on that old town feel twice before. Dennis says in 1993 and in 2008 flood water ruined almost everything. And insurance will never cover it all.
"You cant buy enough to cover your losses, it's very limited to what you have and when you do have a claim you have to do what they call a mitigation."
He says one more flood and he'll likely throw in the towel.
"It's just too much too often, I think it's going to happen more frequent."
Something locals say would be a tragedy.
"You can't imagine Burlington without Big Muddy's, it's a staple and it means a lot to this town, it would be a really big loss."
Already Dennis says residents have been calling and texting non stop worried about the future of Big Muddy's.
"They're all concerned that I'm getting flooded out again and a lot of people are being apologetic because they think I'm flooded out."
But for now, they're still cooking away down on Front Street, and for those of you taking advantage of the high waters, he's willing to make you a deal....
"Today we're having a special...catch your own and clean it I'll cook it half price (laughter)."
Dennis says hopefully the water will go down soon so folks can start using the main entrance, but until then, if you want to go to Big Muddy's, you'll have to go around back.