Nearly every road in Chattooga County was impacted by the storms on Sunday night. Chattooga County Public Works Director Joe Reed stated that numerous downed trees and power lines made travel hazardous on county roads.
Reed said that while most county roads are open this morning, motorists should use caution. Debris from the storm is on the sides of the road and some roads are down to one lane. Some of those roads include York Road and Harrisburg Road. Also, water was over the road on Centerpost Road and Tate Road along with Lyerly Dam Road. Joe Reed says that the county has put up Road Closed signs and motorists need to pay attention to them. The water is swift and could be a major problem if a motorist chose to ignore the warning.
On Monday, site seers were out looking at storm damage and that was hampering cleanup efforts. At one point there was so much traffic near the Memorial Home that public works had to pull out and go to a different area. Sheriff Mark Schrader was imploring Chattooga County residents to only be out with a purpose….and not the purpose of sight seeing. The sheriff said that as public works and utility workers were trying to get into areas on Monday, the couldn’t due to the amount of traffic.
Joe Reed said that most roads in the county should be fine today, but again use caution as the county will be working to clean up the debris on the sides of the roads for the next several days.