By: Jillian Wilson
The task force was created to see if the century old Credit Island Lodge can be saved and tonight the group got to see what they're up against.
"Holy cow. What a loss," says Mike Clarke, Public Works Director.
"The damage is far worse than I had ever imagined," says John Frueh, Chairperson Davenport Preservation Commission.
Back in may a fire wreaked havoc on the lodge.
And at the same time flood barriers kept firefighters from getting to it quickly.
"It's clear that the fire burned for a very long time before it was discovered," says Frueh.
Led by public works, the task force explored the bottom and top floors.
Here is where officials say the fire started.
"Damage wise down on the first floor, like they told us it wasn't as bad as a lot of people were thinking but there needs a lot of work. Task force has a lot on their hands to present and we'll just take our best foot forward," says Mary Cormier, Vice President, Friends of Credit Island.
The city received an insurance check for almost 4 hundred thousand dollars.
And while they're expecting the total damage to be about 1.3 million, they won't know for sure until the investigation is complete.
Now the city is taking steps to figure out the future of the building.
"In the grand picture, I would love to see it come back the way it was, legally with FEMA, the guidelines what we have to follow we have to wait and see," says Cormier.
The city appointed task force of 15 people will meet every week to discuss options and costs until they figure out a solution.
"What is it that the citizens of Davenport, what do the friends of credit island want to see come out of this disaster?" says Mike Clarke.
The task force will report their recommendations to davenport council in august.