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Rains cause more slides and damage

Heavy rains that hit the eastern end of Lawrence County last week have caused more road and bridge damage, part of which will need state assistance to repair.

“Rome Township had a significant amount of rain,” Lawrence County Engineer Doug Cade said. “We had three to five inches in a very short period of time. As a result of that we had several roads that were damaged. In particular we had a bridge that was collapsing.”

That bridge on Township Road 206 South in Rome Township collapsed on Thursday morning and was replaced by county crews by that evening.

On Friday a culvert on County Road 64 collapsed.

“We will be replacing that (Monday) before 2 o’clock,” Cade said.

On Friday Chesapeake schools notified the county engineer’s office that a landslide on County Road 32 north of Sky Lake had slipped again. The 6-foot-deep slip is 150 feet long.

“It is quite a large slide,” Cade said. “It is the on the side of the hill and the road just gave away. Because it is so large, we don’t have the resources available to repair it. I want to work with the state to get emergency funding.”

Cade estimates the cost to repair the slip at $200,000.

Despite making the roadway impassable, those living north of the slip can use State Route 243 while those in the south can use State Route 6.

“There are multiple detour areas around the road,” Cade said.