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Traffic back to normal on C. Rogers Road

More work needed to completely restore road that washed out in Saturday storm

POSTED: July 22, 2013 12:34 a.m.

Motorists can travel safely again on C. Rogers Road, part of which washed out Saturday after a severe storm.

Still, more work needs to be done to the North Hall road, which sat Sunday packed with gravel and asphalt millings, said Ken Rearden, Hall County’s public works and utilities director.

Crews need to put down asphalt, slope the road’s shoulders and put up culvert headwalls, he said.

For a time Saturday midafternoon, after a storm that raked through Hall County, some 100 families who live on C. Rogers lost access to Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road. The road extends east from Clarks Bridge to Lake Lanier, then dead-ends.

“We can’t really determine what caused (C. Roger’s collapse),” Rearden said Saturday, “but there is a lot of debris from limbs up here that may have blocked the flow and then it finally built up enough and just crushed through and got around the pipe.”

A total of 0.17 inches of rain was recorded in a two-hour period from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the National Weather Service recording station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office used its dive boat to ferry residents from Clarks Bridge Park to a private dock at the end of C. Rogers Road.

Hall County firefighters were ready as needed to get personnel across to help cut-off residents in case of emergency.

They “went through a field from Autry Road and staged a small off-road pumper/rescue on the affected side of C. Rogers, so those affected residents were never without service, except for the initial hour or so right after the washout,” Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said Sunday.

Workers were able to repair the road and reopen it by about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Flooding also occurred Saturday on Malibu Ridge, a private road off J.M. Turk Road, and Elizabeth Lane in South Hall, Hall County Fire Chief and Emergency Services Manager David Kimbrell said.

“All those had water topping the roads but no evident damage,” he said.

More rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast today, mainly after 2 p.m., with up to a quarter of an inch expected, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

The rainy outlook continues through Saturday, with a 20 to 50 percent chance of thunderstorms each day.

On Sunday, an additional 1.82 inches , including 1.65 between 8-9 p.m. fell at the airport.

According to weather service data, 12.42 inches of rain has fallen this month. July has been the rainiest month in an otherwise soggy year, with Hall County having a surplus of about 17 inches of rain.

Lake Lanier stood at 1,072.51 feet above sea level by 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, or nearly 1« feet above the full pool of 1,071 feet.


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