By TIM HORAN
The rain and flooding on July 29 caused damage to many roads and bridges in Dickinson County.
The Dickinson County Commission approved a resolution applying for funds through FEMA at its regular meeting Thursday afternoon.
According to Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith, the county is eligible for up to $64,000 in federal funds.
“We’ve been extremely busy handling calls about the damage to some of the townships and county roads and bridges due to the flash flooding that we had,” said County Administrator Brad Homman. The rain also closed some roads in the county due to high water.
“We had one bridge that was washed out or damaged beyond repair. It will have to be determined by the township whether it will be replaced,” he said.
He showed commissioners a picture of the hole near 1900 Avenue and Fair Road. The Reflector-Chronicle published the photo on Wednesday.
The hole was about a 14-foot deep hole and about 15 feet wide.
“There is not much holding it on the side,” Homman said. “It’s a big hole. It’s large enough to cause a small car or even a small pickup to nose down in there. It was rather dangerous. There wasn’t much there holding that.”
He reported that the county roads and bridge crew dumped six truckloads of rock and compacted it to get it open.
“They worked on it all day long,” he said, adding that despite the hole, the bridge was not damaged.
“That a real good example of why you don’t drive into water: because you don’t know what’s not under it.”
He said there are a number of locations in the county where tubes have washed out.
“There are hundreds if not thousands of locations where the gravel washed off the roads completely down to the base. We’re working with the townships to document those locations. Of course, we have to document all of that to have a chance to get some federal assistance. Unfortunately, we’ve been through this a few times and we are pretty familiar with it.”
Homman some roads are being repaired while others are being held until the rain stops.
“We are hesitant to put gravel on some roads because it could just wash off again,” he said.
The weather forecast called for a 60 percent chance of rain Thursday night.
Smith said the state has two open disaster declarations, one being the July 29 storm.
“It is still open. This is considered the same storm system going through,” he said.
There is a map of closed roads on the Dickinson County web page, http://www.dkcoks.org.
In his report to the commissioners, Homman said that sales tax collections have increased
“We’re up six to eight thousand of what it had been,” he said. “That’s good. That’s a real good indicator of the retail aspect of things in the county.”
The overlay project finished Union Road from Highway 4 to Woodbine. Homman said that road had been in pretty bad shape. He said that about 20 percent of the overlay project is complete.
Even though some of the roads are complete, the county still has to go back and do driveways and some edging “probably this spring.”
“The crew is doing an excellent job,” Homman said of the project. “That’s what our goal was: to make sure we got a good crew.”
• approved the consent agenda which included the minutes of the Aug. 1 work session and meeting, funded expenditures of $395,521.85 and added tax of $66.46.
• accepted a bid from Bobcat of Salina to lease a skidsteer.