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By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Miles of county roads were washed away by rising flood waters across North Texas and southeastern Oklahoma six months ago. Now as the region braces for icy conditions, county officials are left scrambling trying to prepare.

"Well there’s nothing to do to stop it, it’s going to happen." Grayson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Jackie Crisp says.

Any time of year, wet roads present a danger to driver but rainy conditions just before a possible freeze brings on a whole number of new problems.

"Well they're in pretty good repair. It’s just all these rains soften the roads. There are going to be potholes, and the asphalt is going to come loose. If it freezes you'll really see a lot of bad place on the roads real quick because water gets under there and freezes, popping it loose."

Commissioner Crisp says this year road damage could be worse than in the past given the amount of water already seen this year.

"Well we're trying to crown the roads to get the water off of them and keep the water in the ditches instead of the middle of the road, and we're getting ready to do some paving to get them ready for next year."

Crisp says doing all the necessary things to keep roads safe could be a lot more costly, even though counties have received money from FEMA to get roads up to standard.

"The cost of material, the cost of diesel fuel, has gone up and we're lucky FEMA is giving us some money to repair damages because of the flood."

Officials urge all drivers to use common sense on wet county roads: take curves with cautions and drive slowly. They say that shouldn't be a problem given the fact that in Grayson County a new deputy is out on patrol to control speeding and reduce accidents now that winter weather could be on the way.

"These roads were made back in the horse and buggy days, and people don’t realize that these curves are so sharp and the roads are so narrow and just getting people to slow down and driving courteous on these roads."

Officials say FEMA has covered 75% of the costs to repair the roads but only for the flooding that happened in June. From here on out, the county has to cover the rising costs.

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