Storms, heavy rain causing problems

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Monday night’s storms, which added three and a half inches of rain to that received over the past week to ten days, felled trees across a number of major roadways in the county, as well as washing out some roads, said county administrator Rusty Burns. “We had emergency crews and emergency preparedness personnel, along with law enforcement, out all night. The storms, which generated torrential rainfalls, abetted by high winds, really wrought havoc in parts of the county.”

The waters damaged culverts on Hattons Ford Road and Gerrard Road forcing the Roads and Bridges Department to close and detour these roads until repairs can be made. Hattons Ford Road lost a 30″ and 72″ corrugated metal culvert and will be detoured onto Old Dobbins Bridge Road and Cromer Road.

 Gerrard Road lost a 72″ concrete culvert and will be detoured onto Centerville Road and Dion Road. Damage assessments and preparations for repairing the roads are in progress but repairs have not been schedule at the time.

The walking trails around Chris Taylor Park and the front of the Civic Center are also closed due to excessive rainfall.

According to Anderson County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Glenn Brill, “The heavy rains have caused the creek in front of the Civic Center to overflow making the walking trail bridge inaccessible. Chris Taylor Park trails are also closed to protect walkers/runners from sections that have collapsed.”

Burns praised the efforts of the various county personnel, saying “They performed very well. They put in a lot of extra hours in uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous conditions. My thanks to all of them. We will work steadily at putting the damage right and cleaning up the mess. A few days without rain would be helpful.”