By: Christine Souders
All that's left of some historic buildings in downtown Prophetstown are crumbling walls, and memories.
Now, city leaders are planning to pick up the pieces.
City leaders said cleaning up rubble from just one of the eight buildings will cost nearly $20,000 dollars, and they're putting their heads together to figure out what to do with the mess.
During the town hall meeting Thursday night, Prophetstown residents and local leaders discussed the future of downtown, just four days after the massive fire.
"It's very important to get cleaned up because you want to get rid of the scars of the area, and you want something to start with," said Retired Fire Chief Bill Jacobs.
The mayor said engineers will inspect the rubble next week, and determine how long it will take to remove it.
A cost the city may have to foot some of the bill for.
"We have to come up with it somehow, and we will, we're certainly not going to leave a mess there like that," said Mayor Steve Swanson.
The damage, including loss of buildings, inventory, and equipment is an estimated $2.2 million dollars, and that doesn't include lost revenue, estimated to be up to three quarters of a million dollars over the next two years.
But despite those numbers, residents are still hopeful.
"We will rebuild, we will survive, we will be rejuvenated. We want it to still look like Prophetstown Main Street to look the way it was," said Eilleen Detra, with the Main Street Organization.
All the displaced tenants and business owners have insurance, which will help, and already two of the businesses have made the commitment to rebuild.
As expected, it's the first of many town hall meetings. The mayor said he wants to start clean up within the month.