An extraordinarily wet August ended recently, but it’s going to take some time to repair county roads from the damage done by all that water, according to County Judge Ray Gack.
In August, Paris alone got a little over 11 inches of rain, according to measurements taken at the water treatment plant in Paris. Other areas of the county may have gotten a little less or a little more. No matter, that amount of rain is four times a normal August rain fall, which is usually three inches.
Gack said all county roads got hurt by the rainy weather, but the damage was especially harmful to the 900 miles of dirt roads in the county.
“Basically, it’s all over the place,” Gack said. “The western side of the county looks like it got the worst. There are washed out roads everywhere. A number would be hard to come up with. They’ve all got some damage. We got a lot of washouts around culverts. We had some low lying roads under water but it went down as fast as it came up. Every bridge in a low lying area has, at some point, been under water. Paved roads took a hit, too. We have lots of potholes in our paved roads. You get that much rain, you’re going to have some problems.”
And it’s going to take longer than a month to fix those problems, Gack said.
“Most of it can be fixed by grading the roads,” Gack said. “We’re running seven or eight graders a day trying to get some ground covered. We’re trying to get to them. It’ll probably take five or six weeks to get everything fixed. Right now, we’re trying to get the roads back so people can cross them. It’s going to take some time. People should be patient.