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Business owners in east Biloxi fed up with road conditions

Some businesses couldn't take the loss of traffic, and have already shut their doors. (Image Source: WLOX News) Some businesses couldn't take the loss of traffic, and have already shut their doors. (Image Source: WLOX News)
After inches of rainfall over the past few days, some streets have become impassable in East Biloxi. (Image Source: WLOX News) After inches of rainfall over the past few days, some streets have become impassable in East Biloxi. (Image Source: WLOX News)
City officials have asked the contractor, Oscar Renda, to add more pumps to help with flooding when it rains. (Image Source: WLOX News) City officials have asked the contractor, Oscar Renda, to add more pumps to help with flooding when it rains. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

After inches of rainfall over the past few days, some streets have become impassable in East Biloxi. When Thuy Nguyen looks out the front door of her east Biloxi business she can't believe the conditions, and for the past year it has been the topic of conversation inside the nail salon.

"Most of them don't want to drive over here either because their car is torn up or they don't want to get their car flooded in front of our business," said Nguyen, who works at Fancy Nails.

Since a major infrastructure project started in east Biloxi last year, many business owners say the rugged roads have cost them business.

"Her customers say that they have to find other ways to get here. They can't park here. They have to park somewhere else and they have to walk here," said a translator for an east Biloxi business owner.

The project is expected to take three years to complete. Some businesses couldn't take the loss of traffic, and have already shut their doors, while others are having to push through because their livelihoods depend on it.

"She knows they're going to be doing this for a while, but she doesn't know what to do because this is the only business she has so she has to do this to pay bills and stuff," said the translator.

Residents are having their own set of issues. Tracey Smith, an east Biloxi native who lives on Main Street, says he's complained about a dangerous sinkhole for a while. It's finally been filled, but the way things are going makes him wonder what problem will crop up next. 

"Residents here have to deal with this for another two years. People coming up and down the street have to deal with this because this is one of the main corridors since it's one of the only streets in the neighborhood that's paved. What are we to do? Who do we complain to?" said Smith.

The East Biloxi Community Collaborative said several citizens and business owners plan to attend the December 6 city council meeting to speak out about the road conditions.

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