Heavy Weekend Rains Cause Headaches for County’s Road Department

January 14, 2014
A photo of the Broad River, as it was in minor flood stage (Photo Courtesy of The Sandbar)

A photo of the Broad River, as it was in minor flood stage (Photo Courtesy of The Sandbar)

A slew of flood watches, flood warning, severe thunderstorm warnings, and a few tornado watches hit the air waves and was sent out to smart phones this past Saturday.

Torrential rains impacted Elbert County early Saturday morning and afternoon.

One area hit particularly hard were several of the county’s roads.

According to Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas, a total of eleven roads had to be closed that Saturday.

He also said there were two roads where the drainage pipe had completely been washed out of the road.

Repairs, Thomas said, are going to cost the county a pretty penny.

Mill Shoals Creek rages on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy of The Sandbar)

Mill Shoals Creek rages on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy of The Sandbar)

“The pipe is about three thousand dollars each, and that is going to have to be replaced, and not to mention the aggregate that we are going to have to put down on our dirt roads”, said Thomas. “This rain could very well be twenty-five to thirty thousand dollars damage to the county.”

Some parts of Elbert County received up to three inches of rainfall this past Saturday.

The Broad River, along with several creeks in the county, approached dangerously high water levels.

If anyone out in Granite Country was able to snag some pictures of some of those creeks or the Broad River you can send them our way at wsgc@wsgcradio.com.

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