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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In Colquitt County, 13-dirt roads remain closed.

Progress crews made in the last week were undone when as much as five inches of rain fell Monday. Tuesday, it was back to the drawing board as the county looks at what they need to fix the damage they had and the new damage caused by more rain.

Getting around on Colquitt County's 357 miles of dirt roads isn't easy and more rain hasn't helped.

"They need to be extremely careful, there are still places where it's washed out, dirt roads are in very bad shape, they need to pay attention to all the signs and barrels we have up," said Colquitt County EMA Director Russell Moody.

The county has made repairs like they did to this to this drainage ditch, but for that one step forward, yesterday's rains set them two steps back.

"Right now we're re-assessing everything, with the amount of rainfall we've had we're having to go back around and re-assess and find the damage we've got and try and get that passable for the public," said Moody.

Including this area along Hagin Still Road where more sand and clay were brought in to make the road passable. Yesterday's rains were already carrying away repairs and in some places could close more roads.

"It's possible, in some places the water is rising and it's possible before the day is over with we might have to," said Moody.

It's not just dirt roads, but culverts along the paved roads too.

"Where the edge has washed away from the pipes and the shoulders are falling in. We're trying to fix those to prevent the pavement from falling in," said Moody.

Assistant Superintendent Mikey Key said the schools are making do, but it's a challenge and they've had to make adjustments to get students to and from school safely.

EMA Director Russell Moody said the county is working on a dollar figure for the repairs, but didn't want to give an estimate until the reassessment is completed later this week.

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