The Clark County Heritage Center remains closed after a water pipe burst flooded the historical museum, but a snow cone business in the building is set to open on time today.
The museum dedicated to displaying and teaching the history of Clark County won’t reopen until at least June, Clark County Historical Society CEO Roger Sherrock said.
“I said we’d be closed the month of May and it may be longer,” Sherrock said. “In the gallery, we still have all the stuff here. We have arranged for off-site storage, we are setting up shelves and trying to get the stuff collected, organized and stored. And we are focused on getting the stuff out of the galleries and reopened.
A pipe burst in the building on April 25 causing damage to floors and ceilings. None of the museum’s gallery rooms, where big name objects are located, sustained any damage.
While crews work hard to reopen the museum in downtown Springfield, Snow Cove Shaved Ice Shop is opening on time. The corner store is accessible via South Market Place.
“I was just like ‘Thank you Jesus’,” Snow Cove owner Micah Level said. “I was so thankful. We were worried when we heard about the flood.”
The May start time is new to the business, he said.
“Last season we opened in April, the year before we opened in June,” Level said. “We were kind of trying different stuff. We are going to do Tuesday through Saturday for our hours. It’s been really cool to see the community come out,” Level said. “We like engaging with the families and the kids. We have regulars that have to come and get their shaved ice.”
Snow Cove will open at 4 p.m. and close at 9 p.m.
While the snow cone store is opening, the coffee shop next to it won’t be open for a couple more weeks.
Duke Level, Micah’s father, owns Un Mundo Coffee Shop and Cafe and said crews still need to replace damaged flooring and do other tasks before he and his wife will be able to reopen.
“We were trying to protect the equipment but it was pretty bad,” Duke Level said. “I was really happy with the firefighters clearing out as much water as they did.”
He said it’s unclear what equipment was damaged in the flood and will need be checked soon.
“We are kind of in the waiting game because we need to wait until the construction people can complete everything that needs to be done,” he said. “They are still finding a few issues. We’re waiting on them. Once they are done we will need to take a few days to restock and clean everything.”
He said he and the Clark County Combined Health District have been in constant contact about what needs to get done before the coffee shop can reopen.
“I’m encouraged by some of the construction going on so I’m thinking maybe two weeks,” Duke Level said. “I’m hoping a little before June because we want to be a part of the farmers market out front so that’s our hope.”
The Springfield Farmers Market is set to open on June 1.
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