Storms take toll on roads and budget

All of the storms in Floyd County this year is taking a financial toll.
Officials say they have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on road repairs and that money was not in the budget.

High water and fallen trees have covered parts of Floyd County several times this year. "Been one of the busiest years we've had in awhile," said Floyd County Road Supervisor Mike Jarrell.

Road crews have spent countless hours making repairs. It adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. "It creates a financial hardship when you have to have money that is not budgeted, and we have had to do that a lot," said Judge-Executive R. D. "Doc" Marshall.

The damage spread out over several months is not enough for federal assistance. They are using money from the general fund to pay for repairs.

Marshall says, "In that case, other programs must suffer."
He says some road projects, building maintenance, and water lines get put on hold for storm repairs. "You cutback in a lot of areas that you wish you didn't have to," said Marshall.

Workers say it's best to make repairs now. "Fix the problem, so you can get your people moving, get everything fixed back without any delays," said Jarrell.

They have done all the work with county crews and no contractors, which officials say saved money.

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