Broken Arrow businesses re-opening from water emergency

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/13/2013 9:10 pm Published: 6/13/2013 4:10 pm

Many businesses in Broken Arrow took a financial hit when they were asked to close due to the water emergency.

The Tulsa County Health Department asked restaurants in Broken Arrow to close on Wednesday morning, meaning many of them lost revenue and so did their employees.

“We had a lot of prepared food that we had to throw away from yesterday morning,” said Azmy Elghazaly, owner of Family Back Creek Deli.

Now that things are starting to get back to normal the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce is encouraging everyone to go out to eat.

But before they do restaurants, like the Family Back Creek Deli, on Main Street had to follow careful protocol.

“We had to run all of the hot water out of the tanks and then run the dishes through the dishwasher that we have which is sanitized,” said Elghazaly.

And that’s not all.

“We had to sanitize the ice machine and unhook the water from the soda machine and run the water until it’s cleared up,” said Elghazaly.

Instructions for restaurant owners were very clear. Water lines must be flushed, purge all water using fixtures and appliances and clear all hot water pipes for at least 15 minutes.

However, this business owner wasn’t taking any chances.

“We ran it longer than what they required us to do. They asked for about 15 minutes and we ran it for about 30 minutes,” said Elghazaly.

Slowly customers began trickling in ready to finally get out of the house for a meal.

Rodney Miller works at night and he eats out most of the time.

“I have been wanting an egg salad sandwich and I had one here before and they just happened to be open,” said Miller.

The BA Chamber is calling Friday “Take Your Employees to Lunch Day.” Businesses are being asked to allow employees time to go out to lunch at a Broken Arrow restaurant.

“Several businesses in Broken Arrow lost revenue during the water issue. The best way to help those business owners and their employees is to patron them,” stated April Sailsbury, senior vice president of the Broken Arrow Chamber. “In addition to eating out, consider tipping a little extra to help the employees who lost wages.”

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