Augusta (WQOW) – After two-and-a-half months of restoration, on Thursday night, water came back through the historic Dells Mill.
The mill was built in 1919, and flowed with water for nearly 100 years. Owner Herman Borntreger is determined to restore the structure to its original purpose as a flour mill. To do that, he had to first get the water flowing. So, he and his helping hands got to work to fix the dam, with 500 tons of cement, six tons of coated rebar, 10,000 ties and four semi loads of cement bags. As of Thursday night, Borntreger hung some lights for his neighbors to see the finished product.
"Oh I am tickled pink to see it up and running again," said Tom LeMere, who lives near the dam. "It’s been a year, we’ve been waiting for it. Our campers have been patiently waiting for it. It’s just a beautiful sight to see. What you can see right down there."
LeMere said Borntreger was willing to take on the $300,000 bill alone just to see the historic structure running again, but the community pitched in to help. Borntreger’s next step will be to put in a new water wheel and get the flour mill running on the inside.
Borntreger would like to thank the community for all their help. They even set up a GoFundMe page, which is still up for those interested in donating to the restoration process.