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Daily rain and damaged dirt roads
At least another week of showers
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Water flows through a washout on Wyatt Road near Brooklet as Dalton Lance, background, sprays weeds on some land that he farms. Recent rains have wreaked havoc on Bulloch County dirt roads. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Bulloch County’s road crews are working overtime to make area dirt roads passable, but at least another week of possible daily thundershowers means it could be weeks before all the damage is repaired.

Since the beginning of July, over 13 inches of rainfall has been recorded at the Bulloch County Emergency Operations Center on Highway 301 North next to the Bulloch County Jail, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.

Other areas in the county may have received more or less, depending on the location, but almost everywhere has been soaked with torrential, almost daily, rainfall.

Bulloch County Roads Superintendent Dink Butler said he has 25 employees, plus inmates, running 10 crews in order to repair closed roads.

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Recent rains have forced closures on many Bulloch County dirt roads, including Shaw Road, just off Pretoria Rushing Road. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

As of Tuesday, Kelly, B.J. Clifton and Seaburn-Proctor roads had been reopened, but the following roads remained closed: G.W. Oliver between Harville Road and G.W. Oliver Spur; Jermain Lane; and Wyatt, Josh Hagan, Shaw and Ephesus Church roads.

Butler said crews worked until after midnight Friday, which is usually their day off, and on Saturday as well to repair and open roads that had several people trapped in their homes.

Wynn said other roads with significant washouts, but still passable, include Akins Pond Road near Middleground Road, Kennedy Pond Road, Five Chop Road, High Point Road, and Rushing Road near McCormick Place.

“Some of these may be water free this morning, and some temporary repairs may have been done, but use extreme caution,” he said in a Monday morning memo sent to county employees and others. “Be safe.”

Butler said a lot of roads still need “grading and building up,” but attention is being given to the worst ones first. And with more rain coming, new repairs may be washed away and have to be redone.

“It is a work in progress,” he said.

Rain notwithstanding, it will take 30 to 60 days before all roads are repaired, he said.

At the Bulloch County EOC, almost 9 inches of rain was recorded in July, and a little more than a week into August, there has already been almost 4.5 inches measured, Wynn said.

The National Weather Service predicts more of the same for at least another week. According to www.noaa.gov, a 30 percent chance of daily rainfall is predicted through Thursday, rising to a 40 percent chance Friday and Saturday, and up to a 50 percent chance Saturday and Sunday.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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