Browns Branch man renews call to act on rain-ravaged roadway

10:00 am | July 24, 2013

As heavy rains persist throughout the summer months, one resident of flood-plagued Browns Branch Road continues to seek help from county offices to keep the road from “washing away.”

Photo by Brandon HicksBrowns Branch Road resident Paul Campbell addresses the county's Planning Commission regarding the road's persistent flooding during the past several months. Campbell asked the county to take action before the road is completely destroyed.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Browns Branch Road resident Paul Campbell addresses the county’s Planning Commission regarding the road’s persistent flooding during the past several months. Campbell asked the county to take action before the road is completely destroyed.

On Tuesday afternoon, Browns Branch resident Paul Campbell approached the county’s Planning Commission to ask about the replacement of a drainage tile along Browns Branch.

According to Campbell, the tile is too small to support the amount of floodwater the region has seen, and as a result, “the road is washing away.”

“At the end of the hollow … the tile there is approximately 3 feet in diameter,” Campbell said. “Everybody who has came and looked agrees that that tile needs to be bigger. We’ve got to have something done.”

On July 8, Campbell approached the county’s Highway Committee to seek its assistance for Browns Branch. During the meeting, he was told that the county was waiting on federal funds to help pay for the cost of repairing the road.

But, according to Campbell, the road may not last long enough for federal money to arrive.

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