Baker Co. concerned with dirt roads during subtropical storm

Baker Co. concerned with dirt roads during subtropical storm
Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)
Officials said out of 273 miles of roads, 181 miles are filled with dirt roads. (Source: WALB)
Officials said out of 273 miles of roads, 181 miles are filled with dirt roads. (Source: WALB)
Baker County officials said in 2016, many dirt roads were closed because of flood waters. (Source: WALB)
Baker County officials said in 2016, many dirt roads were closed because of flood waters. (Source: WALB)

NEWTON, GA (WALB) - South Georgia is full of dirt roads and in Baker County officials are concerned with the amounts of expected rainfall.

"Anytime we have a rain event, we are definitely concerned about people in the county being able to travel the dirt roads," said Sherry Bailey, Baker Co. Manager and EMA Director.

In Baker County, there are 273 miles of roads, 181 miles are dirt roads. That leaves officials weary about heavy rain.

"In the past, we've had many roads that we actually had to close during rain events such as what we had in the past and what we're looking at coming into this next week because of the tropical storm," said Bailey.

The county experienced heavy rain showers in 2016 which damaged several roads in the area. Some closed for more than a week.

"Can't say we'll have any this time we'll avoid but we've worked hard with the county road department. We have five guys and superintendent," said Bailey.

Since the last major rain storm, public works crews have been filling ditches and crowning the dirt roads to minimize damage.

This storm, officials said they also have downed trees as a top concern.

"There's not a lot you can do when you got the ground saturated with the rain and the trees are there. There's no way to know if the trees are going to fall or not until it does," said Bailey.

If you see trees down or roads damaged, they urged you to call the 911 immediately.

Officials said if there are reports of damaged roads, they will work to get them safe for drivers immediately.

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