Boaters at Sunset Marina Ready to Launch Despite Flood, Rain, Lack of Electricity

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — Sunset Marina in Rock Island has been without electricity since April 29, but boaters took advantage of the sunny weather breaks this Memorial Day weekend to get their boats dusted and cleaned for the season.

“Our die-hards are definitely here (this weekend). The ones that are kind of fair-weather boaters haven’t come out yet,” said General Manager Denise Browning.

Boat owners Gary and Gail Melton, along with their daughter Jennifer, had come out for the first time on Saturday to give their Precious Cargo II a complete hose-down and spring cleaning.

“It’s pretty dirty. It was covered up all winter, dusty,” Gary Melton said.

Boaters like Melton have been waiting for skies to clear and flood waters to recede but for now, it looks like the water is going higher first.

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