Business along Highway 6 suffer as roadway closes again

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After the second round of flooding in weeks, businesses along Highway 6 are struggling.

More rain is not what business owners along Highway 6 want to see.

Highway 6 from Clay Road to I-10 remains closed Friday because water covers part of the road.

Carlos Betancur owns a Colombian restaurant called El Rincon Paisa on Highway 6. He along with other business owners are losing money quickly. Customers cannot easily access the restaurants and businesses nearby.

"We've actually had waitresses that have had to leave us because we don't have the sales to support them," Betancur said, "They make their money off tips, and if we don't have sales, they don't have tips."

The same section of Hwy 6 was closed for several weeks in late April because of flooding. Betancur said his restaurant lost about 25 thousand dollars in sales.

Harjid Singh is in a similar position at his restaurant, Curry Leaf. His restaurant was almost empty Friday afternoon during lunch hour.

"It's a big problem for me," Singh said, "Even the landlord, I asked him to help me."

Even the tattoo parlor down the street, Bayou City Body Shop, is losing business.

"We've had to resort to social media to let others know that we're out here," Owner Randy Lee said.

A Texas Department of Transportation spokesman had no estimate Friday when Hwy 6 could reopen. He said it depends on how quickly the water recedes and how much rain continues to fall.
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