Congress Pizzas closes temporarily after building sustains major storm damage

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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - Congress Pizzas will be closed until further notice after sustaining major storm damage.

High winds from last weeks storm blew the establishment's roof off. Then the recent stretch of rain flooded the building.

They've had to demolish pretty much the entire inside of the building.

The first step in reconstruction is installing a new roof, which can't be done until we get a break from this string of soggy weather.

"We still have tarps on the roof as of right now," Congress Pizzas Co-Owner Mike Koski said. "We need three or four days of dry weather to get a rubber roof put on and then we can start construction in here."

Seelen Construction, the general contractor, is estimating reconstruction will take 8 to 12 weeks to complete.

A bit of good news in this bad situation though, Koski thinks Servpro was able to save all of the restaurants memorabilia and photographs.

"All the orange booths still look good," Koski said. "We still have to go back and take a look. I know it's been a concern of peoples to make sure we've got our orange booths back. As of right now, all the memorabilia was saved."

It's unknown how much the reconstruction will cost because the building continues to be damaged by water since there's only a tarp covering the roof, but Koski said their insurance agency, Gauthier Insurance, has been very helpful in the process.

He also extended his thanks to community members who have reached out to him and his wife.

"The outpouring from the community has been great," Koski said. "I've got customers, friends, business owners coming down, offering to lend a hand. At this point we can't do anything until we get a roof on the building, but I might call on them later."

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