GRAND PRAIRIE(CBSDFW.COM) – A business shut down by rising waters is building a bridge to try to bring back customers.
The owner of the Lynn Creek Marina was hoping to have it built by now, but the Grand Prairie Fire Department stepped in Thursday night insisting he’ll need a permit.
On what would typically be a busy night this time of year, the marina sits empty. The swollen lake is drawing spectators but it’s killing this business on what should be the start of its busiest weekend of the year.
“It’s humongous for us,” says marina owner Larry Walker. “It’s the start of the season. We’ve enjoyed a very nice business and this has just completely shut us down.”
Workers spent Thursday building the temporary bridge so those with boats docked nearby could reach them. But the Oasis Restaurant remains closed, with its propane tanks underwater.
The owner says the loss of revenue over the next few days will be significant.
“Way north of a $100,000,” says Walker.
Walker says he’s still able to rent boats this weekend. He’s meeting with city officials Friday to see if he can finish the bridge.
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