Callaway County Recovering From Heavy Flood Damage

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CALLAWAY COUNTY - Road crews are working to make some county roads more accessible Monday after recent storms left Callaway County with at least $80,000 in flood damage.

Presiding County Commissioner Gary Jungermann said the majority of the damage came from culverts being filled with debris and washing hundreds of feet down a creek. The metal pipes are supposed to help water flow under roads to prevent flooding. Three six-foot culverts washed down stream, causing major flooding on county roads such as County Road 1005.

"We are just now finishing up replacing some of those," Jungermann said. "We had roads closed for a week and a half or so."

Jungermann said Callaway County doesn't have the funds to pay for road repairs in its budget. If it doesn't get federal assistance, it will have to tap into emergency funds.

"We can only hope that maybe there will be some sort of declaration saying there was a disaster and FEMA could help," he said.

If FEMA doesn't declare a state of emergency, Jungermann said Callway County will have to use its rainy day fund to pay for repairs. As a Class 1 County, Callaway County has an emergency fund built into its budget.

"In order to provide and keep things open for the citizens of the county, we have to do what we have to do," Jungermann said. "Financially, it'll hurt, but Mother Nature gave us what she gave us and we're fortunate to be able to get through it."

David Crane owns Crane's Country Store on County Road 1005 in Williamsburg. He said the flooded roads were an inconvenience to local residents and customers.

"Some people couldn't get their sandwiches or their groceries or gas because of it," Crane said. "It makes it a little harder, makes them plan ahead. But obviously you wouldn't think that road would be as trafficked as it was until everyone keeps asking how to get around."