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7/8/07-Longview

Bridge Washed Out Again In Upshur County

For the second time in three weeks, a creek bridge located on Juniper Road in Gladewater was washed away from flood waters.  Residents along Juniper Road can hardly believe the north end bridge, which washed out three weeks ago, and was repaired, is torn apart again from Friday's floodwaters.

"My husband is aging, and so am I, so if we had an emergency how would we get out," said Resident Gertrude Booty.  "I tell you, it's dangerous when you know you can't get out. Luckily, we had enough supplies, but it still worries us."  Residents who live near the bridge now have to go three miles in the opposite direction to get back to Highway 80.

"My concern is the neighbors over there that can't get out, nobody seems to be concerned about them," said Area Landowner Glen Tharp.  Crews will have to repair the section again as the tons of earth they used and the culverts were swept away in the last rain, but in this last flooding, a second section off Sweet Gum road flooded, trapping residents who live between the two. 

"No one has come and checked it out," said Tharp.  "What if a house caught on fire, how are they going to get a fire department in."  Others are angry that their cries for help go unanswered.

"You know the road and bridge people never answered," said Booty.  "We left a message at their place and never got a return call."  None of the residents suffered any damage to their homes or property.  No word yet on when the bridge will be repaired for the second time, but the Sweet Gum Road section is passable, so residents can get out to Highway 80.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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