Pavement businesses seek to reopen after days of flooding
SPANISH FORT, Alabama (WKRG) – As of Tuesday morning it was difficult to tell where the water starts and ends on the causeway, but by mid-morning most of the water had receded, giving hope to business owners ready to reopen. .
âWe often face flooding,â said Pete Blohme, owner of Ed’s Seafood Shed.
Hurricane Ida pushed water from Mobile Bay onto the causeway Sunday morning as the severe Category 4 storm made landfall in the west. In some places, the water rose a few feet as the storm surge swept over the roadway.
Businesses closed on Saturday night and braced for what Ida could bring to the Gulf Coast. Fortunately, no major damage was reported along the roadway. At lunchtime on Tuesday, all lanes of traffic reopened.
âIt’s so unpredictable. You pray for the best and prepare for the worst, âadded Blohme.
His restaurant has weathered the storm, but that doesn’t mean there’s no loss.
âWe’re going to lose product. Even though we have frozen things, there are perishables we have to deal with. Our gas tanks were floating. We have to reconnect them, âhe continued.
Blohme, like many Causeway business owners, plans to reopen his restaurant soon. The closure for a few days will have an impact on his business, but Blohme knows the real impact is in our west.
âWe have to delay the trucks, we have to delay the schedules, the orders. There are a lot of things in there. Our hearts and prayers are with all the people of Louisiana and Mississippi who were truly beaten, but that’s just perspective, you know, âhe said.