Flood Damage Is One of Marion County's Costliest

By Kattey Ortiz | kortiz@weareiowa.com

Published 06/30 2015 06:17PM

Updated 06/30 2015 06:17PM

MARION COUNTY - Officials in Marion County are fixing what they say is the worst damage they've seen from flash floods in recent memory.

Last week’s heavy rain closed 60 roads across the county. Only four of the damaged roads were paved.

"It’s going to take two three, four weeks, if not months, for some of these areas to fully recover," said Marion County Engineer Tyler Christian. "I’m hearing from staff and from residents that live in the area, they say I’ve lived here 45 years and I’ve never seen this road overtopped."

The Marion County Road Department is normally tasked with a dozen work orders a day, but now they're facing a whopping 70. That number is expected to surpass the 100 mark.

Officials say the biggest difference this time around is how widespread the damage is, including areas they don't typically expect to flood. They estimate $300,000 worth of damage. It’s money they have, but it's putting a big dent in the $1 million budget they just replenished. Without an emergency declaration, the money won't be reimbursed for one of the costliest projects the department has worked on.

"Hauling the gravel, that's the majority of what we're doing. At $10 a ton and a few hundred tons at every site, it's adding up very quickly. And all the labor and overtime that goes into overcoming an event like this it adds up very quickly,” Christian said. "We also just ended a fiscal year and are in new money so before we had even spent some of our money, the floods took it away from us for the upcoming fiscal year"

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