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'It's an impossible situation': Storms cause terrible road conditions in Grady County

County leaders close roads ahead of more storms
Posted at 5:51 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 17:51:29-05

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — A weeks worth of storms caused terrible road conditions in Grady County.

Grady County Chairman Phillip Drew said it's an impossible situation, as crews are working around the clock trying to fix road damage ahead of Thursday's storms.

The ABC 27 First Alert weather team says three inches fell in the county from last Saturday through Monday.

"It's hard to fix them because we can't get equipment in there since they're too bogged down," Drew said.

He said this has been an ongoing problem when there are major storms, but water isn't the only issue.

"We've had problems too with debris getting stuck in drain pipes and it's caused erosion issues on driveways and whatnot," Drew said.

A quarter-mile stretch of Union Hill Road between Cooper and Spence roads and a section of Banks Road between Pine Forest and Waldron roads are shut down.

As for when those roads will reopen, that's still unclear.

Drew said crews can't get to work on them with another two to three inches of rain expected through Friday.

"We have a fantastic crew that is trying to do what they can with what we have," Drew said.

For the future, the county is hiring an outside contractor to take care of trash pick up, so the county crew can just focus on road maintenance.