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Alligator Drive washed away during Nestor

Posted at 5:55 AM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 05:55:43-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Alligator Drive in Franklin County is once again battered and broken after what was left of Tropical Storm Nestor hit the Florida Panhandle.

"Any kind of road destruction here is catastrophic," said Sheriff A.J. Smith.

This not the first time the road has taken a beating.

Hurricane Michael washed out this same road just one year ago.

Sheriff A.J Smith says they are back where they started.

"Now we're back to what looks like is square one again, so that's disheartening you know and of course the Sheriffs office we have to provide service there and if we cant get in there then that creates a problem as well," said Sheriff Smith.

The county resurfaced this road a mere six months ago. Now, it's like those repairs never happened.

"Those who live west of that road are right now slightly dysfunctional and impaired to get transportation right now," said Bert Boldt

Franklin County Commissioner Bert Boldt says repairing the road after every storm is putting a strain on the county.

"It has hemorrhaged has our financial situation in our county, and we have just spent millions of dollars repairing that road over the years and it's just becoming exhausting," said Commissioner Boldt.

FEMA has already awarded the county a 4.7 million dollar grant for a complete rebuild of the road following Hurricane Michael. That's work that hasn't even happened yet.

For now, crews are scrambling to make the road safe for drivers to get in and out.

"Be assured, probably in the next 24 hours you'll have a passable road again," said said Commissioner Boldt.

But that will only be temporary.

And all people here on Alligator Drive can do is wait.