Water main project on Hampton concerns nearby businesses


by KMOV.com Staff


Posted on September 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 7:03 PM

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) - Some businesses in south St. Louis are concerned that a project to fix a water main is affecting sales.

The St. Louis Water Department began digging along Hampton Avenue to find the location of a water main leak, on Sep. 24. While the project is ongoing, traffic is being redirected. Several nearby business owners told KMOV business has been down since the project started.

The owner of the Lord and Ladies Hair Salon says she doesn't begrudge the Water Department for fixing the leak, but she is concerned the work is driving clients away. Many of her customers have been cancel ling appointments recently, leaving her employees inside with nothing to do.

"They're sitting on their butts," Dianne Mabus said. "They're not doing anything."

Across the street at Ari's Greek Restaurant business is also slow.

"It is worse during the daytime. Maybe we're off 15 to 20 percent because customers are avoiding the area," said Richard Jennings of Ari's.

 The St. Louis Street Department told News 4 how long it believes traffic will be redirected.

"The crews are telling me this could be screwed up all week," Todd Waeltermann said.

The Water Department told News 4 it may even be longer.

Mabus is concerned she will not be able to make up the lost business. She hopes the crews find the leak quickly.

"I'm scared," Mabus said. "I don't like it because everybody in there is depending on them. We don't have customers. They don't just make an income, they pay their bills, I don't pay my bills."