Rainy weather wrecks roads

Published 12:05 am Thursday, February 28, 2013

This week’s severe weather is credited with causing more than $250,000 in damage to area roads.

Susan Harris, county emergency management agency director, said the agency, like others across the state, is in the process of gathering damage totals at the request of Gov. Robert Bentley’s office.

“What is happening now, is the governor’s office is asking for these totals to determine how much damage was sustained throughout the state,” Harris said. “If the total is high enough, it could mean the governor could ask the president to declare a federal emergency, which means damage areas could be eligible for federal disaster funding.”

Harris said the south part of the county near Florala sustained the most rainfall, and the most damage.

The county engineer’s office listed eight county roads in need of repairs – Edwards Road, Easy Street, Babe Lawrence Road, Seay Road, Eason Road, Gopher Ridge Road, Geohagan Road and One Bridge Road – totaling $250,000.

Harris said Opp officials said Martin Luther King Drive sustained damage.

“I’m still waiting on that cost factor from Opp, as well as reports from Andalusia and Opp,” she said.

The storms began Friday evening and continued through Monday night, dropping nearly 4 inches of rainfall or more in areas around the county.