Covington Co. Road Dept. Estimates $250,000 In Road Damages From Recent Rain


By Catalina Trivino

About eight inches of rain hit the south end of Covington County during the weekend's severe weather outbreak -- and now it's become a big mess that's going to cost a lot to clean up.

The rains have let up. Currently, damage assesments on Covington County roads are underway. The pricetag for the mess is at least a quarter million dollars. Crews say the rain has affected eight roads so far, most of them just east of Florala.

"It'll start sucking dirt. The actual water going through will actually suck dirt from a joint or a weak spot and the next thing you know it'll come out from under the road and stuff like this happens," Said Superintendent of Covington County's Road Department, Chris Nelson.

The rain was so heavy it erroded streets like one on Smyrna Road. It's just one of three holes caused by the weather.

"Besides that big hole that we saw earlier, we have some bad washes right on the edge where it washed around the pipes and they sagged down. They've got to be repaired. And on our dirt roads, we've got a lot of spots where the water just overwhelmed the ditches," Said Nelson.

Crews are already getting to work. It's a total of about 30 miles of road damages so far, a big issue for homeowners, like Danette Lewis, who lives on one of these streets.

"Going up and down these dirt roads, a lot of them are washed out, washed into. Just really hard to get around," Said Lewis.


As for what the road department plans to do next: they'll continue to assess damages and also work on these roads. They hope to fix most of the damages by the end of next week. The engineer office says they are gathering damage totals to see if these areas would be eligible for federal disaster funding.

The following list of roads are in need of repairs -- Edwards Road, Easy Street, Babe Lawrence Road, Seay Road, Eason Road, Gopher Ridge Road, Geohagan Road and One Bridge Road.


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