Byron businesses to remain closed due to flood | News
A pair of Byron business owners are frustrated by the response to the rising waters.
The Peach Crossing shopping center on Highway 49 is currently underwater.
Property owner Iyad Alhusein and his business partner say they improved drainage behind the parking lot to avoid a situation like this.
Alhusein says the shops cannot open with water this high.
"First, we've seen similar rain before and we've never had a flood like this. Second, since this morning, we've been here since 7:30 this morning, and that's 8 hours now, we have not seen the water level budging at all," he says. "The city official is saying that this is how it's gonna be. According to him, this may take a week or two to drain. What are we gonna do with the businesses we have here? What are we gonna tell our tenants? I don't know."
A Byron Public Works official told Alhusein that the water in his parking lot, water in a field behind the building, and water in front of Byron Elementary School must all flow through one 12 inch pipe.
He says the pipe is not clogged, but it could take over a week to drain completely.
He said anyone with concerns should call Byron City Hall.