Heavy Rains Challenge DOH Spring Schedules

Photo by Sharon Wilson

Rocks and trees came down on South Fork Road in mid-May after heavy rains. DOH crews removed the debris.


By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner

Clearing rock slides, downed trees and repairing road washouts are not on the Hardy County Division of Highways spring schedule, but that’s what the workers are having to do, in addition to their regular spring projects.

Hardy County Administrator Bill Robinette and District 5 Supervisor Lee Thorne said the spring has been very challenging when it comes to starting and completing project.

“We had some rock slides on South Fork Road and Trough Road,” Robinette said. “And there was flooding in Old Fields and the Bean Settlement/Skaggs Run area.”

Crews cleared a rock/mud slide about 11 miles from Moorefield on South Fork Road in mid-May. Then there was flooding which happened over Memorial Day weekend. Some parts of the county got 4” of rain in less than an hour.

The weather has also effected the spring mowing and drainage ditch cleaning schedule.

“We can’t mow,” Robinette said. “When we can mow, we can’t mow as far off the road as we’d like to. The ground is just too soft.”

Paving projects have been delayed because of the weather. Although paving Kimsey Run Road has been completed, still on the schedule are two sections of Sperry’s Run Road.

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