Dan Cronin has had quite a first year in his owning and management of the Mattabassett Canoe Club, formerly known as Harbor Park. His business partner passed away shortly after they leased the building. A strong spring freshet flooded the restaurant days before opening day on Easter weekend, and now, just days before an expected busy holiday weekend, flooding from tropical storm Irene has the Connecticut River at flood stage.
"Three days before the Labor Day weekend," Cronin said Tuesday morning. "The timing couldn't have been worse."
Cronin conceded that restaurant owners along the river in Vermont had it worse.
"Someone's always got it worse," he said. "We'll work through this, and maybe even get open for a day this weekend."
Water and sewer department director, Guy Russo said that some wells along River Road would be underwater, but that they had already been shut down and are not connected to the city's water system during the flood.
He also indicated that the River Road sewer plant would not likely be flooded during this event.