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Heavy rains damage county roads

Heavy rains that fell Sept. 15-16 damaged several roads in Crenshaw County, and four of those roads are still closed as of Sept. 28.

Crenshaw County Engineer Benjie Sanders said that when an area receives five inches of rain within two hours or so, flood conditions are almost a certainty.

“Most of the damage done on those days was west of Rutledge and north and south of Hwy. 10,” Sanders told the Commission during its Monday night meeting. “We’ve had to order pipe for Ballard Road—and we’re applying for EWP help.”

The roads that were damaged in the county during the Sept. 15-16 heavy rains included: Ballard Rd., Bolling Rd., El Bethal Rd., Horse Creek Rd., Johnson Rd., Little Horse Creek Rd., Old Springhill Rd., Speed Rd., Swanner Bridge Rd., Welch Rd., Sexton Bridge Rd., and West Robinson Rd., according to assistant county engineer Michelle Royals.

Roads that are still closed as of Sept. 28 are Horse Creek Rd., Ballard Rd., Swanner Bridge Rd., and Sexton Bridge Rd. No estimates were given on the damages yet.

In other business, engineer Sanders asked the Commission to extend the county’s maintenance on H. Bradley Rd. down to Antioch Church. The Commission approved the request.

The Commission also approved to extend the lease for the Crenshaw County Department of Human Resources for another year at the same rate; approved to transfer an on or off premises retail beer license from Sharon Beasley to Rita Beasley at Beasley’s Grocery LLC on Montgomery Hwy. in Highland Home; approved renewal of the Southeast Youth Service Agreement for one bed for another year; and gave approval for Sheriff’s Investigator Earl Thompson to use a county deputy’s car to patrol Glenwood 20 hours a month while he is not working on county time. Thompson would be working for the town of Glenwood during those hours.

The Commission approved a motion to cancel the regular Oct. 12 meeting. The next regular meeting of the Crenshaw County Commission will be held on Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.