Flooded roads still plague parts of Region 8

By Lauren Payne - bio | email feedback

Greene County Road 223 in Evening Star doesn't look so bad in some parts, but a short drive down the gravel road--it's a much different story.

"I've been here five years and this is the worst I've seen," said Greene County Judge, Jesse Dollars.

Evening Star is like many towns across Northwest Greene County.  Many roads in the area are still under water a week after heavy rains battered the area.

"I'd say probably half to 3/4ths of the Northwest corner of Greene County will do this.   A large portion of this area gets it," said Dollars.

Dollars says this water isn't going anywhere for a while.

"This will be here for at least another week--maybe two weeks," said Dollars.

The heavy rains and what's left behind prompted dollars to make a disaster declaration.  In hopes of getting some state or federal assistance for when the water recedes and clean up begins.

"That's what we're doing right now is assessing everything and seeing how much it's going to cost to repair roads, tiles, ditches and all of these things.   It's going to be astronomical this time I think," said Dollars.

Dollars says he and his crew have already driven hundreds of miles this week assessing damage and fixing what they can, but the process is made slower by an already wet year.

"All of the rains we've had this year saturated everything.   The water is not going to go down real fast, but it will go down.   When it does, we'll take care of everything we can," said Dollars.

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