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Potholes still a problem on county roads in Angelina Co.

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff

Between this spring’s flooding, the summer’s drought, and the fall's rain, there’s certainly been a drastic change in the weather in East Texas.

In fact, the current rainfall is causing problems for several county roads that already suffered severe pothole damage this spring.

"When you have a wet season like we had before, and then it dries up and becomes wet again, it causes the roads to bust open,” said Angelina County Commissioner Greg Harrison.

Precinct 1 spent two-thirds of its hardtop budget on flooding emergencies this spring, so there isn't much funding available to permanently fix the new potholes. The ground is also too wet to repair, but crews are patching the roads to help make them passable.

"Patching is not the fix, but it is a temporary solution,” Harrison said.

Due to the flooding, the county has also applied for flood relief through FEMA.

"So right now we're in the process with FEMA of trying to get money back,” Harrison said. “That will put us back in our projects and we can redo roads. Not just repair them, but totally redo them.”

Harrison hopes that next spring, when the budget renews, FEMA relief comes in, and the weather dries up, he can redo more county roads, like he was able to do with Kimbrough Lane this summer.

Until then, they are making the roads as safe as they can with the resources they have available now.

“Bear with us; we are working with what we have right now,” Harrison said. “But we will redo all of the roads eventually, that is our priority.

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