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Businesses in Downtown Lafayette are not looking forward to the 2021 Hurricane Season

Lagniappe Records and Black Café are two downtown businesses that are prone to flooding when there is severe weather.

Posted: Jun 20, 2021 3:52 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- With the potential severe weather heading our way this weekend, many locals in Downtown Lafayette are expecting their businesses to flood.

Businesses on Rue Jefferson St. in downtown Lafayette are no stranger to flooding when it rains. That’s why Patrick Hodgkins, the co-owner of Lagniappe Records, keeps sandbags on hand for his business.

“A month ago, we had water all the way, halfway up the sidewalk. We had to put sandbags up on a Monday evening, we weren't even open that day but we had to come in and put them up because they were the flooding was so bad,” Hodgkins said.

The majority of Hodgkins' backstock is located in the front of his store. When it floods, he and his wife have to raise everything up at least 6 inches.

“Everything that you see out here on the floor we have below just as much of like duplicates and backstock so we have to put all that up off the ground,” he said.

Businesses over on S. Pierce Street, like Black Café, are still trying to recover from the May floods.

“We still have damage right now from the last storm with sheetrock not being on the walls. This keeps happening that every month we have another storm we have another flood because we don't have drainage in place that can handle the water,” Tremayne Ware, owner of Black Café, said.

Ware says that he expects his business will have to close if there is severe weather.

“Employees are losing money, they have to pay bills, no matter how much flooding happens we still got to pay rent, I got to pay rent and without that revenue coming in, it just gets a little bit tight and gets a little bit harder to try and maintain a business in the downtown area,” he said.

Both businesses say that they are not looking forward to the 2021 hurricane season.

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