JeffCo roads to get temporary fix after Monday's floods

JeffCo roads to get temporary fix after Monday's floods

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County officials had to close three roads on Monday due to the floods: Dickie Springs, Loggins Road and Lindsey Loop. County officials had to close three roads on Monday due to the floods: Dickie Springs, Loggins Road and Lindsey Loop.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Monday's heavy rain and floods are still causing problems for Jefferson County.

County officials were forced to close three roads on Monday: Dickie Springs, Loggins Road and Lindsey Loop.

Dickie Springs reopened on Tuesday, a day after it had been covered in water from the floods.

"As far as the roads that were damaged during the storm, yes, we are going to go do an assessment of all the roads and do a temporary fix wherever we have those," Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos said.

Commissioner Jimmie Stephens, who represents the area, doesn't want a temporary fix. He wants the roadway raised to prevent flooding in the future.

"My answer to it would have been 150 foot culverts that [would be] placed over the roads to allow the waters that are being backed up now to go under the road," Stephens said.

But other county officials said they are limited on what they can do.

"We really don't have the money but we have to find some money somewhere. That's just the problem, ‘cause we don't have a revenue generator. We lost the occupational tax," Commissioner Sandra Little Brown said.

Work was underway on Tuesday to repair a damaged sewer in Homewood off of Kellingworth Drive. The sewer cap was lost in the flood and sewage leaked into Shades Creek.

Petelos said work will be done to protect the environment but when it comes to county roads, they are limited.

"We are going to continue to patch roads. Do the paving that we have planned this paving season but it's going to be difficult," Petelos said.

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