Rainstorm shuts down four roads in Houston

wcrenshaw@macon.comJuly 11, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Two paved roads in southern Houston County are expected to remain closed for at least a couple of weeks as a result of damage from an intense rainstorm Wednesday.

County Operations Director Robbie Dunbar said culverts running under East Flournoy Road and Barrett Road failed, causing the roads to collapse. Due to the materials that must be acquired and engineering to be done, he expects it will take at least two weeks to make the repairs.

No residents are stranded in their homes, he said, although some may have to drive farther. Neither of the roads are well traveled.

He said an isolated rain cell hit a small area Wednesday morning and dropped five to six inches of rain over a few hours.

“We had a very intense storm, and it just sat and stalled,” he said.

The problem was magnified by the fact that the ground already is saturated, so there was nowhere for the water to go.

Two dirt roads in the same area, County Line Road and Wimberly Road, also were closed. Dunbar said damage to those was minimal, and he expected the roads to reopen later Thursday.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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