Bayou Vista water shut-off may affect businesses Wednesday

Several businesses in Bayou Vista may be affected by a water shut-off scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and lasting up to four hours to allow lines to be replaced.
(The Daily Review Photo by Jean McCorkle)

By JEAN L. McCORKLE jmccorkle@daily-review.com

Water will be off for portions of Bayou Vista Wednesday, affecting numerous businesses and residences near the U.S. 90 corridor.
The shut-off will begin at 2:30 p.m. to connect a new water line on Southeast Boulevard and is expected to last three to four hours, Monica Lestage, Water and Sewer Commission 2 office manager, said.
The affected area will be from Middle Road to U.S. 90 and from Burger King to the campground in Berwick, she said.
Lestage said the shut-off affects about 50 businesses and hundreds of residences.
This is the final stretch of the $498,490 replacement by Gray Construction of every water line in Bayou Vista as well as addition of fire hydrants on three streets, Lestage said.
Among the businesses affected are two McDonald’s owned by Terry Wilburn.
Bernadine Morgan, office manager, speaking on behalf of Wilburn, said, “Changing the water lines is a necessary thing that we have to do. It will be great for this community. It would have been better if we would have had a little more notice, but we are used to making adjustments for hurricanes. So it won’t be a problem.”
McDonald’s U.S. 90 location in Bayou Vista will close its lobby for the duration of the outage. The drive-thru will remain open, she said.
The McDonald’s located in Wal-Mart will remain open, Morgan said.
Both restaurants will purchase bottled drinks to sell to customers during the outage, but other goods that require fresh water, such as coffee, will not be available, Morgan said.
“Hopefully, (the water) will be back on by supper,” Morgan said.
Wal-Mart shift manager Ben Myers said operations there likely won’t be impacted because of a switch in the lines.
“Last time they did this, our water didn’t go out,” Myers said.
If the outage lasts more than three hours and does affect the store, Myers said he will have to get portable toilets for customer use.
At Sleep Inn in Berwick, General Manager Kristian Roddy said the water district contacted them and the business has planned for the outage.
“Our guests might be a little bit upset, so we’ll have to deal with a few complaints there,” Roddy said.
While the lack of water will not impact food preparation, it will delay housekeeping and impact guest use in their rooms, she said.
Potter’s Salon in Bayou Vista will be sidelined for a period as well.
Emily Lemoine, stylist, said, “We will just have to move our appointments, so it’s kind of inconvenient for that.”
Parish Councilman District 4 Glen Hidalgo said the project means progress for Bayou Vista.
“It’s taxpayer money being put to good and necessary use,” Hidalgo said.

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