Receding floodwaters damage Carlisle County roads

Some people are still dealing with standing water, but others now have to worry about damage the water left behind. Carlisle County has more than 200 miles of road. Tuesday crews started repairing everything from shoulders to culverts.

County leaders say fixing the damage water caused will not be cheap.

Carlisle County saw a lot of its creeks swell because of the swollen rivers, but now that the rushing waters have gone down, county leaders say they’re left with a lot of cleanup.

Susie Newsome says it’s difficult to navigate flood waters, but it can be even harder to navigate the roads when what’s left is falling apart. She says the impassable roads means making less money.

"It’s awful it’s hard to get from here to there, and we’re losing business every day," Newsome says.

The crumbling roads aren’t only costing Newsome; they’re costing the county. Carlislie County Road Supervisor Jerry Bowman says the county tried to prepare, but there are some elements they couldn’t protect against.

"When you’re not budging for stuff like that it’s hard on your budget," Newsome says. 

There is still standing water in the county. Bowman says when the water goes down, they could see even more erosion, but it depends how fast the water recedes. The faster it recedes, the more roadway it takes with it.

Bowman says repairing the roads will cost tens of thousands of dollars, but safety is their priority. "Our main concern is we always make sure the roads are safe and passable," he says.

The county declared a state of emergency. In order for the county to see some financial help from the state, they have to spend $19,000-worth in repairs.

The Carlisle County judge executive says the road department makes up 40 percent of the county’s $4.5 million.

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