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Turner dirt roads take a beating from heavy rain

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

TURNER COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Monday's severe weather made a bad situation worse for the Turner County road department. The county has more than 300 miles of dirt roads, and every road has been damaged by recent rain.

Old Story Road is just one of eight dirt roads that had to be closed because of washouts. Federal, state and local assessors estimate the damage to Turner County roads alone at more than $1.1 million.

"We actually had gotten down to three roads closed as of yesterday. And we are back up to eight of them being closed today. So yeah, we had more wash outs. In the past 10 days these guys have been going on caffeine and adrenaline. They have been pulling double shifts and more," said Turner EMA Director, Pete Giddens.

Turner County road department workers say they hope to have all the dirt roads back to pre-flood condition in about six months, if they get federal aid. They say it will take a lot longer without federal money.

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