Monday, February 26, 2018

County Roads Survive High Water

Sequoyah County Commissioners reported recent heavy rains have damaged county roads, but few had to be closed.

District 1 Commissioner Ray Watts said, “We have a lot of pot holes but we didn’t get as much rain as we have in the past, thank God.”

Watts said he did have to close down a few low-water crossings. He fears that the additional rain predicted by forecasters may cause more problems.

“We can’t take much more,” he said Monday.

District 3 Commissioner Jim Rogers said on Monday that his roads also remain open.

“We had high water in places,” Rogers said. “We’ve got a few sloppy roads, and we’ve been hauling materials today.”

District 2 Commissioner Steve Carter said he had to close two roads – the low-water crossing south of Sallisaw on Drake Road and Buzzard Roost near Lake Tenkiller.

“We had no washouts, he reported, “and we needed the rain.”

Carter said the two county roads closed will most likely be under water for “a day or two.”

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) reported on Sunday that State Highway 80 is closed in Cherokee County from State Highway 51 at Hulbert at the Fort Gibson Wildwood Recreation area south to State Highway 251A. In LeFlore County, U.S. Highway 270 is closed between Heavener and Wister.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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