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Drainage crews work to complete project that will reduce flooding
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
If you live off of East Lucas in Beaumont, flooding is something you know about.
Officials with the drainage project to help fix flooding says it's only a matter of months before it's all complete.
Despite all the improvements though some business owners say they're tired of the construction.
One neighborhood barber says the project can't be completed quickly enough.
Thursday, crews are busy putting the final touches on the 8 million dollar project.
But the hard hats and bulldozers are making it difficult for the businesses along the road.
"Right now by the road being worked on and construction... We are really hurting," Johnny Cooper, a barber at the R & S Beauty/Barber Salon.
He says the number of customers they get daily has dropped by nearly half since the project began last summer.
"It really is frustrating," Cooper says.
Drivers say all the gravel is a headache, but drainage district officials say it's a win win situation. All of the roads traveled on that were ruined by crews will be repaved in addition to anything else that needs repair.
"We did our best to make sure that all of the businesses all the homes had access as we stopped and went day by day and overall I say it's been going pretty well that way," Doug Canat, an engineer with the Jefferson County Drainage District 6 says.
Cooper says it's still hard to get in and out of the area.
He's just ready for the crews to finish
"I'm really glad that they're fixing the road and getting the drainage system together I just think they could've done it at a better time," Cooper said.
"I can tell you, trying to feed a family on a slow day, isn't nice, so we just making due," Cooper says.
A barber trying to make a living while workers help to ensure he can keep doing that down the road.
The federal government is paying for 90 percent of the project, the city of Beaumont is paying the other ten percent.