Rain water washes out Cumberland County roads

Rain water washes out Cumberland County roads

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More than 100 roads have been damaged by the rains. More than 100 roads have been damaged by the rains.
"We came in Monday, started fixing all of them and then got washed away again yesterday, so we are back out doing the same thing," said Cumberland County Road Superintendent Scott Blaylock. "We came in Monday, started fixing all of them and then got washed away again yesterday, so we are back out doing the same thing," said Cumberland County Road Superintendent Scott Blaylock.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - Recent rainfall is causing major problems in one East Tennessee county.

The Cumberland County road superintendent said more than 100 roads have been damaged by washouts in the county.

They began Sunday when heavy rains pounded the area.

"We came in Monday, started fixing all of them and then got washed away again yesterday, so we are back out doing the same thing," said Cumberland County Road Superintendent Scott Blaylock.

Many of the more than 100 roads damaged have lanes closed.

Deep Draw Road is the only road closed to all traffic. Part of that road is gone.

"I've never known of it washing out before," said Deep Draw Road resident Lawrence Myers. "I have been here 12, 13 years."

The rain water is causing culverts to fall apart, too. Blaylock says it is not unusual for them to rust, but all the water has sped up the process.

The cost of fixing these roads is also increasing.

"We had transferred some money from salt, from our winter time, that we didn't use over to rock to do base work for tar and chips, so with these washouts we are having to use that rock for that instead," said Blaylock.

Fixing these washouts has already gone into the thousands of dollars.

Road crews just hope they can get the roads fixed, before Mother Nature decides to bring even more rain to the area.

The road superintendent says it is not uncommon for roads to wash out there, but the large number of roads damaged is unusual.

They are asking people who live in the area to use caution because road surfaces could be unstable.

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