LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- Many businesses in downtown Lafayette experienced extreme flooding last night in their buildings.
The owner of Black Café, a small restaurant on the corner of Voorhies and S. Pierce St. said that he is trying to recover from the flood.
Black Cafe had to close its doors today due to severe flooding.
“I was not aware that it was going to be this bad. I thought it was going to be a rainstorm I thought maybe there was a small chance that might be a little bit of water,” Treymane Ware, the owner, said.
Around 8:00 pm last night, Ware said that he received phone calls about his business being flooded. When he went to work this morning, he knew he wouldn’t be able to open his doors.
“All the trash cans and everything else that was movable those rolls tossed around like they've been in the river,” Ware said.
Ware said that this is a setback for his business because he had to throw away many boxes of supplies that were left out the night before.
“Those were full boxes of supplies that we need boxes for box lunches and cups and disposable napkins and straws and everything, all those things once the water hits … you got to throw everything out. So that's hundreds of dollars worth of product that you're not going to get any return on,” Ware said.
Ware also had to cancel a few catering orders and turn away many customers.
“It’s kind of been a constant flow of people that I cannot take their money even though I would love to and it would help me out just because of the circumstances,” Ware said.
Ware said that he hopes local officials will find a solution to the sewer and drainage issues.
“It hurts us every time and every time it doesn't get less heartbreaking every time you walk into your business and you see the mess that you have money that you're gonna lose, revenue that you're gonna lose. And, I mean, hurting a small business hurts the downtown area,” Ware said.
The owner of Black Café is planning to reopen his business tomorrow.