Washed-Out Washington County Roads Cause Pricey Problems

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

Chipley- Most of the water was gone, but still- the roads were rough in Washington County.

"Some of [the roads] were real dangerous, we got washed out real bad" Dallas Carter, Washington County Public Works Supervisor said.

As of Monday, seven roads were still closed- it was down from 25 last week. County officials said the road crew had been working around the clock.

"The [Department of Transportation] did provide some extra barricades and extra sand bags to us" said Washington County Emergency Management Director, Lynne Abel.

She said officials were also hoping to receive extra funding to help cover costs. "We have met our local threshold [for emergency funding] to be declared by the President" Abel explained, "but the state wide threshold has not been met. So, we don't really anticipate- we know we won't receive a major declaration."

Carter explained the dirt road dilemmas extended way beyond washouts. "We're having springs boiling up and purchasing rock to go in the spring to make a french drain" he said, making clean up a long and costly process.

There were two springs on Brock Road, each about 12 feet wide and two feet deep. Both springs required about a dump truck full of rock to repair. Carter said there were four more similar springs scattered throughout the county.

Early price estimates indicated the cost of clean up could clean out county funds.

"Even though they're still assessing, were probably looking at damage over a couple million dollars" Abel told us.

The county's annual budget was set at around $2.5 Million. County officials were exploring their options.

"We're talking with the neighboring counties and representatives around the state to see if there's any options available to us as far as recovery money" Abel said.

Abel and Carter both agreed the roads would likely be reopened by Friday.

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