Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Counties Request State Aid to Fix Roads

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Counties Request State Aid to Fix Roads

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Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union

NAHUNTA -- Appling, Bacon, Brantley and Charlton counties have asked for state help in repairing flooded roads that have closed schools and kept people home from work.

The four counties asked for assistance in repairing secondary roads, said Ken Davis, spokesman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

That request has been sent to the Georgia Department of Transportation for a response. Davis said help may be forthcoming.

Perhaps no county was worse hit than Brantley, which has about 500 miles of dirt roads, many lying in a portion of the county that received up to 13 inches of rain when Tropical Storm Frances passed through Georgia.

Automated weather monitoring equipment at a farm near Nahunta recorded more than 9 inches of rain Sunday, Monday and Tuesday while another at the Alma-Bacon County Airport recorded more than 6 inches during the three-day period.

Brantley County Commission Chairman Harry Riggins and Charlton County Manager Steve Nance both said they need the use of some state dump trucks.

"We've got enough excavation equipment but haulage is a problem," Nance said.

Brantley County has only two big dump trucks and that's not enough to repair the washed-out roads, Riggins said.

Some with water still flowing across them may have to wait until the water subsides, he said.

The flooding may be unprecedented with Riggins saying it is the worst he has seen in 16 years on the job and Nance saying the flooding has surpassed previous high water marks at some residences.

Flooding was so widespread that both Charlton and Brantley ran out of warning signs and barricades.

In Charlton, inmates at the D. Ray James State Prison made extra barricades, Nance said.

Brantley did not have the luxury of prison labor.

"We're asking people to be very cautious. …

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