Tarrant business owners frustrated with ongoing flooding on Highway 79

Tarrant, Alabama. (WBRC) – Tarrant’s frustrated business owners want the city to do something about ongoing flooding along Highway 79.

Lash Shelton, owner of Still Stand ‘n Barber Shop, said it happens all the time, and September 4 is a good example. That’s because the road is nearly impassable.

You can see drivers trying to avoid what looks like a pond on the side of the road.

A Taco Bell manager said one customer’s car stalled and it has been parked in their parking lot since.

Shelton said just a little bit of rain caused flooding in the area.

He has been at the location for about seven months and said water entered his store at least twice, sometimes preventing customers from entering.

He said he believed it was a drainage problem and hoped the city would do something about it now.

“Let it go away. (Laughter) Make it go away. People try to come in and sometimes their cars stall because the water is too deep, you know, right up front. This whole parking lot is already filled. The impact of every rain. Like every rain? Maybe, you know, when it rains a lot. Maybe I can understand that, but the smallest amount of rain it floods,” Shelton said.

We reached out to Mayor Wayman Newton on September 6 to see if there is a plan to address this issue.

We had an appointment to speak, but he cancelled.

We also contacted the city’s police chief but were told not to speak to him about the matter.

On September 8, we contacted the mayor again, but our calls, messages, and texts went unanswered.

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