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McEver washout fixed, road reopened
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Oakwood officials reopened McEver Road at Mud Creek on Thursday, a day earlier than expected.

A section of McEver between H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway and Radford Road had been closed since a May 19 storm washed out a culvert on Mud Creek, which flows into Lake Lanier.

The storm dumped up to 7 inches in several hours throughout the South Hall area.

City Manager Stan Brown has said the culvert replacement was a major project.

“Due to the constrained location, the size of the creek, existing flood plain, required utility relocations and traffic that (uses) McEver Road, this was not a quick-fix project,” he said.

In June, Oakwood City Council voted to pull $490,333 from its sewer fund to pay for emergency repairs related to May 19 floods, mainly the culvert replacement.

The resolution calls for city officials to reimburse the sewer fund from its general fund, which is supported partially by property taxes, in the amount of $163,444 by Dec. 31 and the balance of $326,889 by Dec. 31, 2014.

The city is slated to receive $200,000 from a Georgia Department of Transportation emergency fund to offset costs.

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