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Rural Worth roads take a big hit

The ground was already saturated, making the 550 miles of unpaved roads more susceptible to damage. The ground was already saturated, making the 550 miles of unpaved roads more susceptible to damage.
Summer Road, one of the county's main paved roads, was washed out around 5:00pm Monday. Summer Road, one of the county's main paved roads, was washed out around 5:00pm Monday.
John Merritt, Worth County Public Works Director John Merritt, Worth County Public Works Director
Sumner Road Sumner Road
Story Road just outside Sylvester Story Road just outside Sylvester
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

The Worth County Public Works Department is assessing damage to dozens of roads around the county, in the wake of severe storms that moved in Monday night.  

Public Works Director John Merritt said crews closed 35 roads, and placed 100 barricades after heavy rain caused flash flooding.   

The water cascading over part of Story Road near Sylvester is a reminder of Monday's heavy storms.   

"It'd probably be tomorrow or Thursday before we can start trying to address any of the problems," said John Merritt, Worth County Public Works Director.   

Public Works crews closed 35 roads, and placed 100 barricades after heavy rain caused flash flooding.   

"There can only be so much water that runs through a pipe, and then it starts backing up.  And when it backs up, all the sudden you have the flood where it runs over the roads," said Merritt.  

Water carved into some of the county's 550 miles of dirt roads.   "We have motor graders out that's running their routes and fixin' some washouts,"  said  Merritt.  

Paved roads weren't immune from damage either.  The Public Works director said the 50 inch pipe was recently installed under Sumner Road was dislodged from rushing water. He said it's been an unusually wet season, making the pipe especially vulnerable to heavy storms.  

"The water just started eroding around the shoulder, and worked its way completely under the road."     

Merritt suspects other pipes were blown out, but is waiting for water to recede before moving forward with repairs.   

"Our biggest problem is having dirt to go back in and re-fix the areas."      The damage is the latest challenge in an already wet year.  "The other issue we have is with potholes around the county on the county road.  Seems like you fix one and three comes up."     

All of the department's 29 employees were on call Tuesday, checking roads and fielding calls.  Crews expect the remaining water to recede within 24-48 hours.  Workers will begin transporting dirt to make repairs later in the week.  

 

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