Local businesses blame flooding on recent road construction

Businesses blame flooding on recent road construction

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The owner of the Caddy Shack Driving Range on Siegen Lane says high water is running her out of business.

Pickles Kelly says the problems started after construction on other parts of Siegen Lane. She believes it has created an extra load on the drainage in the area.

"I flooded inside the garage almost 3 foot of water," she said. "It was all of my equipment, vehicles and I can't do anything about it. I can't pay my bills."

Pickles surveillance video shows several feet of water rising in a matter of hours during a hard rain.

Department of Public Works officials say they need to study the particular projects in the area but think it may be a state issue because Siegen Ln. is considered a state road.

"I'm not a professional, but some of the construction they have going on around here and then clearing the land and adding their businesses in, the drainage cannot handle it," she said. "This is all I have, this is it. It's killing me because it breaks my heart when I have to turn people around and say I'm sorry I can't open."

Other neighbors in the area have experienced similar problems with flooding.

Caddy Shack is usually packed with golfers – especially during the warm months.

Pickles says her business is all but gone and need answers and looks forward to hearing from parish and state officials.

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