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Crews working to repair washed-out county road

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Friday's flooding washed out part of County Road 474 near Lindale Junior High School, and that road is now closed.

On Friday, an overflowing Prairie Creek washed out two large culverts on the road. A woman who drove into the creek was rescued and is fine. The road however is not. The Smith County Road and Bridge Department will be making the repairs soon, after the City of Lindale moves a water line which is in the area.

Lindale City Manager Owen Scott is very familiar with where high water goes in Lindale.

"Either this direction here, it'll go down behind the football stadium back here, and most all the rest of it comes down Prairie Creek," Scott said.

This time, the water was higher than residents had seen before, and it took out the road.

Terry Phillips, Smith County Precinct 3 Commissioner said they have ordered new culverts.

"We're ordering a larger one than was in there to kind of help out. So we're waiting on the culvert to come in, which will be in on Tuesday. Also, my understanding is that Lindale Water Supply has some utilities that they need to re-route," Phillips stated.

"Well the line is in the county right-of-way, and after the culvert washed out what we're going to do is move it over and get it out of their way," Scott responded.

There will be no loss of water service for any area residents, and the road should be fixed in the next two weeks.

The Smith County Commissioner's Office says they have a lot of other culverts to clean out due to limbs and debris washing down stream. They have received no other reports of roads washing out.

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