RED’S BARRISTS SHOP, S.C. (AP) A South Carolina barbers shop that had been a fixture in rural communities across the state for more than a century has been shut down due to the state’s drought, and its owners have been ordered to pay $200,000 in back rent.
Red’s Barbershop was located in the rural town of Red Oak, which is about 40 miles north of Columbia.
It opened in 1878 and opened as a place for people to cut their hair.
Its owners sued the town in 2006 over the closing, claiming it was too wet to do business.
They were eventually awarded a $1.9 million judgment, but the town appealed and won.
Red Oak’s attorney, John Lipp, said the barbers are still appealing the decision.
He said the closure was in response to the drought and said the town has a legal obligation to keep its community safe from flooding.
Red Oaks is located near the Columbia River, which has seen its highest flood level in a decade.
In May, Red Oaks received more than $15 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair its sewer system.
The town of 1,300 is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Charleston, South Carolina, and about 120 miles (205 kilometers) east of the Missouri border.