Jackson County Road 17 still damaged from February 2019 flooding

Jackson County officials tell WAAY 31 they are worried this flood damage will get even worse if there's more flooding this weekend.

Posted: Jan 9, 2020 6:08 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2020 8:29 AM

Jackson County Road 17 is a road we've kept our eyes on since it washed out during February 2019's flooding and today, the cracks in the road have gotten more severe.

Jackson County officials tell WAAY 31 they are worried this flood damage will get even worse if there's more flooding this weekend. People who live along the road say they're ready to see some major fixes sooner rather than later.

"Here we are almost a year later and the road is still not fixed," said Laura Derochers.

Right now, this portion of Jackson County Road 17 in Larkinsville is blocked off.

Bob Hansen has lived on the road for a decade. He said this washout doesn't stop people from driving. In the last year, a stretch of what was dirt off of County Road 17 has been compacted down into what almost looks like pavement as people skirt around the washed out road.

Jackson County Commission members said a decision on repairs is expected next week. The biggest hurtle is financing.

Commissioners want to use state gas tax money and federal funding to fix four roads severely damaged in last year’s flooding. It’s expected to cost $6 million.

A date has not yet been set for construction work to start on the road. County Road 17 will be one of the most expensive roads to fix at potentially $2.6 million.

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