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Roads Damaged By High Water

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

State transportation officials say many roads have taken a beating from this rain. Several are closed and some are severely damaged.

A section of Highway 460 in Shelbiana has washed out causing the land to lip and a telephone is now about to fall over into the road.

"Just try to keep the power off the lines where they can work and more or less make it safe for them to do their work," said Johnny Shepherd with AEP Kentucky Power.

Officials say they have been on the scene on 460 since around noon Sunday. They say after lines are safe road crews can work on repairing the road. Transportation department officials say dozens of roads across the region were affected by rain and high winds.

"We have to put up with this about every 5 years. It’s just Mother Nature. There ain't nothing we can do about it," said Rod Blackburn.

Blackburn says he and several of his neighbors spent Sunday morning watch the water levels rise in the creek in front of their homes. He says several neighbors can not drive their cars out of the driveway.

"It's been worse than this. We're lucky than the good Lord for it," Blackburn said.

But some have enjoyed the high water levels as it brings a hobby a little closer to home.

"It’s good to stand in the yard to fish a little bit," Ryan Davis said.

Transportation department officials say maintenance crews will be on the roads 24-7 until the bad weather has moved out of the region.

Officials say it could be as late as Monday before 460 is reopened, but they have set up a detour in the mean time.

Transportation officials say it will take days and in some cases weeks to clean and repair all the roads, cross drains, and ditch lines that have been affected.


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