Plan to stop high water on roads in Warfield

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Lots of rainfall brings flooding concerns to one Martin County community.
The high water covered roads once again in the Warfield community. Crews spent hours pumping it out Tuesday morning.

Now Martin County officials say there is a plan to prevent the high water each time it rains.

County officials say the state approved money to fix the problem, and construction will start next week.

Some business owners in Warfield say this is just what they need.

Millard Workman says high water blocks his store every time it rains in Warfield, and then he loses customers.
"Each time it rains, it kills it. My business is slow. It hurts me. It just hurts everybody," said Workman of the Fast Lane Discount Tobacco Store.

Martin County officials blame the problem on drainage issues by the road. Since March, when it rains all day, water floods the main road, Route 40, and shuts down the area.
"It is just devastating for people over there, people travelling to Inez everyday. When the fire department is over there pumping water, basically the road is blocked," said Judge-Executive Kelly Callaham.

Callaham says the state approved $130,000 to fix the problem.
The county awarded the bid, and the repair work is expected to start next week.
"It's a huge priority for us," said Callaham.

County officials want to have the problem fixed before freezing temperatures set in and cause ice.

They hope to finish the repair work by the first of the new year.

"It'll be huge. It will never stop up again," said Callaham.
"Thank God cause it'll finally be fixed then. It will help the community of Warfield," said Workman.

Callaham says the contractor has ordered parts and work will start as soon as the parts are delivered to Martin County.

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