Appling County has witnessed a plentiful amount of rainfall this year. In fact according to one report the community has already surpassed its annual average for rainfall in 2013, which is around 47 inches per year, and we still have approximately 120 days remaining in the current year. The good news is this heavy amount of rain has improved the water table in the area. The bad news, roadways have been decimated in areas and the City of Baxley’s drainage system has been worked to the max at times.
Appling County has approximately 700 miles of roads. Due to flooding last week the county had a total of 32 roads closed, including some completely washed out and others that were impassable. Many of these roads were closed Friday morning as county employees charged with repairing the mess went to work. The News-Banner spoke with County Manager Lee Lewis on Monday morning and he reported that there were only 12 roads still closed.
On Friday I journeyed to the northern part of Appling County to capture more pictures of road damage. I went to several roads including the dirt road section of Spring Branch Church Road where flooding had caused the road to wash out; the road was impassable. As I was taking photos of the damaged roadway I heard several large diesel machines approaching. It was an Appling County motor grader and several dump trucks.
The county employees operating the equipment immediately started working to repair the damage. Five dump truckloads of dirt and 15-20 minutes later the road was repaired. It was truly impressive to watch these men and machines work. They made short work of a rather large job.
Many times the men and women of the Appling County Road Department and the City of Baxley Public Works Department go unnoticed and even unappreciated. I witnessed firsthand last week the work ethic and commitment of some of these employees to this community and they are to be commended.