Huntington residents disagree on damaged road closure

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Huntington residents have complained about bad roads and potholes for years, but commissioners voted to start some repairs in yesterday's Angelina County Commissioner's court meeting. Unfortunately, one family will still have a bumpy ride after a petition blocked THEIR request for a change.

Ouida Holland Road is in Precinct three. "With all this rain and all the flooding, it became impassable," said Julie Parker, Huntington resident.

Parker's family lives in the only home on the road. The family was at yesterday's meeting taking strides to have the road closed.

"The Commissioner came out and tried to keep it maintained, but it's just not maintainable," Parker said.

Parker was confident that the road would be closed until, "a guy up there that had gotten a petition signed," Parker said.

The man presented a petition with over 60 signatures against closing Ouida Holland Rd.

"The people on the petition don't even live here," Parker said.

"With that many people in opposition to close the road, it's hard to do," said Robert Loggins, the Precinct 3 Commissioner.

People who were in favor of keeping the road opened said it was either a shortcut to work or they've just been going this way for years and they didn't see a need to change.

"It's not a short cut because by the time you go five miles an hour and get stuck like you did," Parker started.

While driving down the road, I got stuck on the dirt type road myself.

"Who are you going to call? Us, because we have to come pull you out," Parker said.

The Parker's say they've gotten plenty use out of their tractor pulling people out of holes.

"It can happen at two in the morning or three in the afternoon," Parker said.

"It's in a bad location. It's between two kinds of hills, and all that water comes off both sides and hits that road, blows it out, and washes it away," said Loggins.

The Parkers not only have to deal with that, but they say people come there to dump mattresses, hog carcasses, and fish heads.

"This is our land," Parker said. They won't give up on the project.

"Just keep pushing forward," Parker said.

The Parkers say the remainder of the damage is done by 4-wheelers and mud-hogging.  They've been able to lessen dumping by looking through the litter and reporting those people by name.

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