While many area residents have likely noticed some problem areas on county roadways following last week’s storm with torrential rains, Pottawatomie County commissioners continue their work to replace gravel and clean out tin horns around the county.
“Roads are a mess but they’re getting better,” District 2 Commissioner Randy Thomas said about his district Monday. But despite the issues, he’s thankful for the much-needed rainfall.
“I can fix roads. God is the only one who can fix the drought so let him start fixing it,” Thomas added.
Most areas of the county received good amounts of rainfall, including 4.72 inches recorded in the Shawnee area.
Many of the problems on roadways have involved gravel being washed out, with crews working to replace gravel or grade the roadways.
“We’ve lost a lot of gravel,” Thomas said. And while they are brining in truckloads of gravel for the effort, in District 2, one road will remain closed in south Pottawatomie County because of a washed-out culvert, he said. That area is on NS 334, just north of EW 137, he said.
While other problem areas they had last week are now passable, some may have barricades and deflectors signaling an area down to one lane, Thomas said, as many areas are in need of new tins horns.
District 3 Commissioner Eddie Stackhouse said the heavy rains had runoff flowing in areas that have been dry a lot time, which flushed out leaves and other debris, which now needs to be cleaned up.
“We haven’t had runoff since last spring,” Stackhouse said, adding they’re working on tin horn blockages “one at a time.”
Stackhouse said it will take time to get everything cleared and crews work in his district as well.
Because of the rains, District 1 Commissioner Melissa Dennis reported some problems with roads in her district, most of them in the far eastern Pottawatomie County panhandle, where rain washed away gravel on many roadways.