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Business owners fear the bridge closure will hurt profit

Monday afternoon, engineers closed the Lorraine Road bridge indefinitely after noticing two of the vertical structure support beams under the bridge were leaning. Monday afternoon, engineers closed the Lorraine Road bridge indefinitely after noticing two of the vertical structure support beams under the bridge were leaning.
Owner Gindy Taranto at Taranto and Son's Seafood worries it will be a struggle for them to stay in business now that the bridge is closed. Owner Gindy Taranto at Taranto and Son's Seafood worries it will be a struggle for them to stay in business now that the bridge is closed.
"The only thing we are going to have is basically boat traffic," said Orangutangs owner John McCarthy. "The only thing we are going to have is basically boat traffic," said Orangutangs owner John McCarthy.
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The sudden closing of the Lorraine Road bridge has drivers confused and business owners worried. Many drivers on Tuesday were surprised to see the barricades and forced to make a u-turn. Business owners fear soon the traffic will not even pass by.

"The only thing we are going to have is basically boat traffic," said Orangutangs owner John McCarthy.

"It will literally put me out of business," said Millie Mason, owner of Daffy's.

What these businesses owners say bothers them the most is they were not given any notice to be able to warn their patrons.

"This is definitely not a new issue, but what really concerns me is at the moment they decided to do it at 2 o'clock, and nobody that I spoke with was aware," Mason said.

McCarthy said it only took one evening for Orangutangs to feel the effect of the barricades.

"Whoever pulled the trigger on this one completely dropped the ball, we had a 75 percent decrease from this week to last week," McCarthy said.

A little more than a mile down the road, Gindy Taranto at Taranto and Son's Seafood worries it will be a struggle for them, too.

"It always floods and when they close the roads down, we start to see a slowing of business," Taranto said. "People know they can't get through, so they don't come that way, and don't know how to get here otherwise."

She said this could not have come at a worse time.

"We are passed crawfish season and passed the big tourists hike, so it will be our slower season. So this will effect us even more."

In addition to the financial hit, Mason also worries about safety in the flood prone area.

"I'll have no ambulance and no police service in the event the water gets over and someone is stranded down here," Mason said.

Monday afternoon, engineers closed the bridge indefinitely after noticing two of the vertical structure support beams under the bridge were leaning. City leaders have not said when the bridge may be fixed.

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