Late summer deluge damages roads, trails

A group of men looks at the damage on Clark County Road M southwest of Willard following heavy rains Sunday night that caused significant road and other damage in the county. The washout on M is in the exact same spot on Scott Creek where the culverts washed out in June 2012, causing the deaths of three people when they drove their vehicles into the gash in the dark.

A late summer cold front that broke a string of heavily humid days spawned a line of thunderstorms Sunday night that dropped several inches of rain and washed out numerous roads in the central and western portions of Clark County. Damage to roads is estimated at $100,000 just in the town of Hendren, and Clark County highway officials are trying to decide what to do with a problem spot along Highway M on the town of Foster/Hendren line that completely tore the road open for the second time in three years.
Several roads were still closed on Tuesday as town officials were inspecting wash-outs to see what is needed to fix them. Hendren still had four roads closed Tuesday afternoon, while town of Foster Chairman Scott Ellison was to meet Wednesday with a state bridge inspector to see what will be needed to fix the bridge just downstream from the Rock Dam Lake dam.

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