Flood-prone areas, such as Glover and Shiloh Roads in Dora and Tubbs Hill in Oakman, were among the area roads that were under a flood watch late Monday. Racoon Creek Road in Curry and Walker Circle in Dora were closed Monday. Racoon Creek should reopen when the water level falls; however, Walker Circle will be closed for the foreseeable future, after the intense rain caused a portion of the road to collapse.
Mayor Randy Stephens said that he hopes the road will be able to be repaired and reopened in two to four weeks.
“That is a top priority for us,” Stephens said. “Walker Circle provides access for two or three businesses, so we want it back open as quickly as possible.”
The condition of Walker Circle had previously been a concern for Stephens. He brought the matter to the city council in early December, but the council decided to delay the item until an engineer with the county could examine the road.
Stephens said that he and Walker County Commissioner Steven Aderholt visited the area that had washed away and the city and the county commission will work together to resolve the issue swiftly.
Sunday night, the City of Dora also spent a great deal of time trying to unstop a culvert that runs under Sharon Boulevard. The water on Sharon Boulevard near Ell Avenue reached waist high before crews from the city were able to remove the blockage and reopen the road. With the culvert reopened, Stephens said the city does not anticipate any further issues on the major thoroughfare.
Walker County Emergency Management Agency Director Johnny Burnette said that he was not aware of any other major issues on county roads, although he said that many communities have flood-prone areas that are likely presenting a problem for residents but they had not been reported to the EMA.
Burnette also said he was concerned about the possibility of freezing rain and bridges that could ice as the rain continues and temperatures plummet.
“I think the ground temperature is still too warm for it to do anything, but the bridges could become an issue,” Burnette said. “Everybody needs to be careful and alert when they’re out there.”