Road damages in Johnston Co.

By: Paige Tebow Email
By: Paige Tebow Email

JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. -- Damage in north Texas is expected to cost thousands of dollars. In Oklahoma, commissioners are facing the same chore-- estimating damage to roads and bridges.

Commissioners say they will spend the next year making up for the hit their budgets took from this week's storms. When you factor in manpower, equipment, and materials, it adds up to thousands of dollars to repair the roads.

Johnston County District One Commissioner Pat Ferris spent the day assessing the damage while his crews worked to repair roads and tin horns wiped away by the storms.

He says it’s the worst flooding he's seen during his nine years in office. Seven inches of rainfall in a matter of hours equaled anywhere from $50,000-$75,000 worth of damages in his precinct alone.

Commissioners are working long hours to calculate the damage to send a report to FEMA.

Pat Ferris’s road crew will work 50-hour weeks until the roads are in the clear.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Johnston County on Jun 22, 2007 at 07:06 AM
    Perhaps you should talk to your county commissioner and find out what he or she is doing. Maybe he or she could call Mr. Ferris if some help is needed to figure out how to start making things better while you're waiting to see if FEMA will help. And if FEMA doesn't help, then you all will already be started on repairs and such. Mr. Ferris isn't doing all that work himself, he has help and your commissioner probably needs help too. The Lord helps those that help themselves.
  • by disgusted Location: bryan on Jun 21, 2007 at 07:29 PM
    how 'bout it? any COUNTY EMPLOYEES out there that would like to comment?!?
  • by anonymous Location: bryan county on Jun 21, 2007 at 07:23 PM
    saw that today dist 3 put a little gravel down on arnett road in an area that washes out when it only showers. instead of fixing the problem, they wasted taxpayer money on gravel that will only wash away with the next little rain. the entire road is a DITCH. north cherokee lake road is the same way. there is an area just north of blue river bridge that they put gravel on also, making the washout area only deeper, (i measured 20in.) sure, the river floods (occasionally,) but their hasn't been any attention paid to the condition of the road as far back as i can remember. there are no bar-ditches along the roadside to direct runoff. it's a shame that we are paying for things like this instead of FIXING THE AREA THAT IS CAUSING THE PROBLEM.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2007 at 09:16 AM
    Boy are you right about that disgusted. The roads in Bryan county are really bad, we do need someone who not only knows how to take care of our roads, but who cares enough to do so.
  • by disgusted Location: bryan county on Jun 21, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    great picture depicting roads in johnston county. sorry, but bryan county has this beat. we had worse roads/bridges before the rains hit, could hardly get down them then. now they are pitiful. think we can get some help from fema. prob not. guess we just need someone that knows how to take care of roads, PERIOD.
  • by kelly Location: former tishomingo citizen on Jun 20, 2007 at 08:41 PM
    maybe the flooding is a good thing if it helps get some of the roads fixed
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