Road crews work to help prevent flooding

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Too many April showers have led to flooding in the past. Now transportation officials across the state are taking preventative measures to keep water off the roads.

Traffic on Highway 23 in Floyd County was reduced to one lane Thursday as crews worked to clear the ditch lines.

"Regular routine spring maintenance. Of course we have to wait until the weather gives us a little bit of a break before we can do that," said Highway District 12 Information Officer Sara George.

With sunny skies and comfortable temperatures, the weather did just that, and crews in Floyd County were working hard to clear out the debris.

"The shale and rock that has fallen during the winter time because of the freeze thaw cycles, we're picking it up in a front-end loader, dumping it in dump trucks, and hauling it off," said George.

"It's a pretty tedious job we all have to cover and pitch in. Just everybody's got their job to make sure everybody stays safe," said Floyd County crew member Tracy Wright

Transportation officials say the shale from the rock walls lining the roads falls down. It combines with leaves, and grass, and other debris and creates flooding issues for the roads when it rains.

"It blocks the water and makes it pond in places. We just get it removed,"

Crews say it will take them nearly two months to clear out all the ditch lines.

"There's more jobs that we have to get to as far as patching and cutting weeds and things like that," said Wright.

But they say as long as everything stays on track, the roads should remain flood free.

Officials are giving away the rock they collect from the sides of the roads as free fill material. Anyone interested can call their nearest maintenance garage.

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