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Back to business for many after gridlock

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BATON ROUGE-  Traffic signals are back to normal on major routes after they were adjusted yesterday to help ease traffic jams caused by a chemical spill on I-10.

Drivers trying to escape the chaos filled streets like Airline Highway and Perkins Road Wednesday. Some businesses benefited from that chaos,  while some are trying to catch up from lost customers.

Serop's Lebanese Cafe on Perkins Road saw a record amount of customers walk through its doors while traffic was at a standstill. Normally the restaurant would see about 150 customers per day, but yesterday they served close to 300 people hoping to escape those congested roads.

"Business was great yesterday. I'm glad we handled it pretty well," says Johnny Serop. "We had a lot of new faces that came in and we did wonderful, I think."

Down the street, Maxwell's Market was also slammed with customers. Because of the traffic a lot of people didn't want to leave the office, so Maxwell's Market came to the rescue.

"Calling in deliveries I guess cause they couldn't get where they needed to go, so we were bringing the food to them," says Wiggins.

But for Platt and Kidder Family Dentistry, yesterday was slow. On an average day the office would see about 50 patients, but yesterday Lisa Greenwaldt said only ten people came through.

"We saw some of the patients today that we didn't get to see yesterday," she said.


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