Over the past several days Logan County’s citizens have been cleaning up from the storms that have brought downpours of rain and strong winds. Although most of the flood waters have subsided, predictions of more rain to come have caused concern they will easily return. Numerous trees have overturn due to the saturated ground and broken limbs have been plentiful throughout the county.
Both county and city workers have been spending countless hours clearing streets and roadways, as well as grading gravel roads that have been washed out. According to Paul Lyne, Logan County Road Supervisor, his crews have been working overtime for the past week trying to catch up.
“My phone has been burning up over the past week with storm damage,” said Lyne. “We have 90 miles of gravel roads that we deal with and a lot of them are washed out. We are trying to get to them as soon as possible. We have two graders and backhoes working on them.”
According to the Kentucky Mesonet, Logan County has received 7.54 inches of rain in the past seven days. That is most of the rain fallen in the month in this county with a total of 8.9 so far. In June the county received 2.39 inches and in May 6.99. Compared to a year ago Logan County received 7.54 inches for July 2015 and in 2014 for July received 2.75 inches.
The Kentucky Mesonet is a network of automated weather and climate monitoring stations being developed by the Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University to serve diverse needs in communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Lyne said a lot of what the county road department has been doing over the past week is clearing fallen trees and tree limbs. According to Lyne, over 20 trees have fallen in the county from the past few storms. Not to mention all the limbs that have fallen as well.
The county has a right-of-way so many feet from the road. It really depends on the road, said Lyne how far the right-of-way extends. If a tree falls from the right-of-way it is the county’s responsibility to clear the tree. However, if a tree falls from someone’s personal property, it is the property owners responsibility.
“Every case is an individual case,” said Lyne. “If a tree has fallen in the road we will come and remove it. But the debris from it would be the responsibility of the property owner if the tree was on their property. “Citizens can call if they need to know where the lines are.”
Lyne said he has one road still closed in the county due to flooding. Stopped up tiles and the ditch lines are causing problems.
“A five foot tile washed out on Edwards Road in the Lewisburg area. We are waiting to get that replaced,” said Lyne. The western part of the county seemed to be hit the worst, he said, adding the Greenridge, Buena Vista and Kings Ford Roads had a lot of trees down, as did the Corinth Oakville area.
Lyne said the forecast isn’t too promising. “The worse case is we get more rain,” Lyne said. “Then we will have to start all over again.”
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