ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. – Anderson County leaders said they are on a road to recovery after recent storms wiped out several roadways and a huge bridge.
County leaders said recent storms caused roughly $1.1 million worth of damages to county roads.
“They’re impassable to the point where they’re going to fall in if they’re traveled,” Anderson County Roads and Bridges Manager Matt Hogan said.
He said severe weather and heavy flooding left seven roads and one bridge in these types of conditions.
“We’re looking at maybe six months for all of these roads. The one bridge on Shackleburg, it’s separate. That process is totally different because of permitting,” Hogan said.
Hogan said the Shackleburg Bridge is the largest lost, and it could take about four months to fix. Roads like Scarboriugh, Slater and Mt. Bethel Church are closed too.
“Water was going up over the roads. It washed the ends out of them and they just washed back into the roads. So we have half of the roads are missing,” Hogan said.
County leaders said they’re currently looking at materials to purchase while they assess how these roads will be fixed.
“We looked at the different levels of travel on those roads. And that’s kind of how we prioritized on fixing,” Hogan said.
Surrounding counties said they’re somewhat facing the same thing.
In Pickens County, originally over 60 roads were closed. Now they’re left to repair five.
In Oconee County, leaders said over 30 roads were damaged. As of Monday, only four remained damaged.
“We’ve had some culverts that needed to be fixed that started to wash away or maybe part of the roads washed away,” Oconee County Director of Emergency Management Scott Krein said.
Anderson County road crews said although this may take awhile, they want you to remain patient, vigilant and remember safety when you see road closed signs.
“We’re having an issue with citizens that are going around our barricades and moving barricades. Please don’t do that because they’re there to protect the citizens,” Hogan said.
Hogan said because the roads must be fixed, they will likely have to dip into an emergency funding budget. He also said they’re looking at the possibility of getting a FEMA reimbursement to help with the cost.
A road crew leader said if you would like to report any future damages, they encourage you to download an app called YourGov. Your report will then go directly to road crews for a resolution.
Here are a list of some of the roads currently closed in Anderson County:
- Mt. Bethel Church Road in Belton
- Scarborough Road in Anderson
- Fants Grove Circle in Anderson
- Pualan Road in Williamston
- Slater Road