Floods wipe out Miller County roads, bridges

A water crossing was swept away by floodwaters.

Around 60 percent of water crossings in southern Miller County are impassible. Around 30 percent of road surfaces are gone.

Those estimates come from Associate Commissioner of southern Miller County Brian Duncan, who said floodwaters have completely swept away road structures in the area.

The result is gaping holes around water crossings.

To repair the holes and crossings, crews must bring in filler material and replacement slabs.

The materials, in combination with overtime for crews working 12-hour workdays, has proved to be an expensive task.

"Yesterday we made an estimate...of $560,000, and we haven't seen all the locations yet that this is going to cost us for sure. It'll end up going a million dollars before it's done," Duncan said.

The State Emergency Manangement Agency is helping the county by providing services like additional trucks, but the other costs require money that the county doesn't necessarily have.

"We're just hoping we can make ends meet. We'll have to cut corners somewhere else down the line," Duncan said.

Right now, crews are working on making reparations enough so that they can reopen at least one lane of each road.

Duncan said he believes the area meets the criteria to be declared a disaster area, and that he estimates it will take around 18 months before both lanes of all roads are back open again.