Commissioner says troubled road will be fixed, with or without feds

10:00 am | July 9, 2013

With recent rainstorms filling area waterways to all-time highs — and more forecast for the week ahead — county residents sought help and assurance Monday about the state of some of the county’s waterlogged roadways.

Photo by Max HrendaHampton resident Paul Campbell asks what contingencies are in place if the county does not receive federal reconstruction funds for Browns Branch Road.

Photo by Max Hrenda
Hampton resident Paul Campbell asks what contingencies are in place if the county does not receive federal reconstruction funds for Browns Branch Road.

Residents of Browns Branch Road approached the county’s Highway Committee to ask for assistance in dealing with excessive floodwaters.

Committee Chairman Joel Street said he was aware the area had sustained flood damage after inspecting the road with highway department personnel.

“On Browns Branch Road, they’ve been flooded tremendously on several occasions,” Street said. “There are ditch lines where, if I got down in them, they would be waist-deep. They’re going to have to be fixed, or there won’t be a road.”

Hampton resident Juanita Miller, who has lived on Browns Branch for more than 70 years, said that, this year, the flooding has been more substantial than she had ever seen it before.

“(Flood water) came up almost to the top of my mailbox,” Miller said. “I’ve never seen that happen before, and I probably never will again. The road is ready to fall in.”

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