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Roads too wet to fix in county
Smith: Roads must dry out before grader can be used
WYNN Ted 052207
Ted Wynn
    Bulloch County employees were busy Tuesday working to help citizens stranded by impassable roads. Unfortunately, there wasn't a whole lot they could do to help, said road superintendent Eddie Smith.
    "It's too wet to put a grader on the roads," he said Tuesday morning during the Bulloch County Commission meeting. "We can't do anything until it dries out. If you get rain today, you can't blade tomorrow, and maybe not the next day."
    With up to 11 inches of rain falling in the area over the past two weeks — and close to 58 inches for the area this year — the ground is very saturated, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn. "Some areas in Bulloch County got up to four inches last (Monday) night."
    Tuesday, there were three roads in Bulloch County that were closed due to excessive rainfall causing rough conditions:  Brannen Pond Road, John Godley Lane and the section of Pope Road from Ga. 119 to T.E. Glisson Road,  he said.
    Other roads throughout the county are nearly impassable due to the rain,  and a number of roads had portions that were underwater at times, he said.
    Those roads include Union Church Road (between Kelly Road and U. S. 301 South); Nevils Denmark Road (about 3 tenths of a mile from Interstate 16): and Ga. 67 (from Bella Terra to Cox Farm roads.)
    Also, several areas of Harville Road had water over the roadway: Ga. 119 in front of Ball Field Road; Sandhill Road at Mud Road to Hynko Road; Burkhalter Road (from the dirt part to Old Register Road); and Clifton Road at G.W. Oliver Road.
    "I am sure this list could grow, as the rain is not over," said K. Lynn Bowen, executive director for the Bulloch County Red Cross.  "The Red Cross is already providing emergency housing for some families in Toombs County whose homes have already flooded, and are on standby in Bulloch should the same occur."
    That is a possibility if the rains continue, Wynn said. He warns people in low-lying areas prone to flooding that there could be flash floods due to heavy rainfall throughout the state.     
    "The creeks and rivers are overflowing," he said. "The public needs to be aware that if roads are covered in water they should, as the saying goes, 'turn around, don't drown.'"
    According to the National Weather Service Web site,, more wet weather is on the way. In addition to any rainfall Bulloch County may have received Tuesday night, predictions for the rest of the week include more rain and cold temperatures.
    Today is expected to be sunny, with a high near 58 degrees and a low of around 32 degrees tonight. Skies are expected to be clear through Thursday, but Friday, the chance of rain is 40 percent.  Sunshine is expected to return Saturday, but temperatures will still range between mid 50's and low 30's.
    Wynn said Bulloch County public safety workers are prepared for troubles due to rainfall and possible flash flooding, and reminded citizens to call if help is needed.
    "If you are trapped in your home (due to impassable roads or flood waters), we have the resources to help you," he said. "Call Bulloch County Public Safety at 489-1661."
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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