EZELL’S FISH CAMP SUFFERS FROM TOMBIGBEE RIVER OVERFLOW
By WVUA 23 Reporter Kinsley Centers
The only restaurant in small town Lavaca was forced to close during one of their busiest times of the year, Valentine’s Day weekend.
Ezell’s Fish Camp owner Mary Ann Ezell Hall said they were getting ready for the big weekend with specials and reservations, but was not able to stay open due to the overflow of the Tombigbee River. The only way to get to the restaurant now is by boat, and Hall says that was never an option.
“You can’t bring people through with the water. It’s just too dangerous so, I mean it hurts, but we had to do it,” Hall said.
Monday was the first day Hall has been inside her business since the flooding. She anxiously hoped the water did not seep inside. Hall said this is the highest she has seen flooding around the restaurant since 1979, which is the last time water entered the restaurant.
“Well, you just kind of have to go by [meteorologists’] predictions and right now if it does what they say and we don’t get a lot more rain, then it won’t go in,” Hall said.
Hall said the water has risen since Sunday and it will continue to rise after the river crests in Demopolis. She said they are usually between 24 to 48 hours behind them. And yet, she does not allow the flooding to discourage her as she wishes to get the business back to normal hours soon.
“Say a prayer it didn’t get in that building and hopefully we will be open this next weekend – I hope,” Hall said.
The Lavaca area suffered from a similar amount of flooding last March but resident Barry Landrum said this year it is about two feet higher.
“We just hope it starts falling quick, or soon, before it gets too much higher,” Landrum said.
He said this amount of flooding is unusual for them, but they are adjusting and try to stay prepared.
“I don’t know if you ever get used to it, you just learn to deal with it,” Landrum said.