Roads open in Baldwin County after flooding

FOX10 News has been tracked beautiful weather during the weekend of May 4, and but the week prior was a different story.

We’ve got some good news to report from Baldwin County, as everyday goes by, more roads are opening back up after last week’s record rainfall.

The main road that runs through the heart of the well-populated Lake Forest neighborhood is now back open. Part of Ridgewood Drive gave-way in last week’s flood.

“We went into emergency session with the council on Friday afternoon, completed the contracts, immediately following and the contractors started working Saturday morning,” said Daphne Public Works Director Richard Johnson.

The repairs aren’t 100 percent complete but Johnson said the westbound lane is open. Not open, however, is Camilla Lane. Another one of the road failures from the Eastern Shore area.

“We hope to start laying pipe possibly as early as this afternoon probably first thing in the morning and hopefully have it open to traffic within 48-hours,” said Johnson.

There’s also good news from Spanish Fort. The road that connects the causeway with Highway 98 was closed but is now open.

This particular road was closed because of the partial collapse of the Spanish Fort bluffs. The dirt and mud have been removed, but for many a new topic of sinkholes has become all the talk.

“In most cases sinkholes are caused in this area by some drainage infrastructure underneath and not performing well. They’re not like the sinkholes you’d have in Florida due to the geology. This is a failure of a man-made system and it happens,” said Johnson.

Also, keep in mind, we don’t get rainfall like what we saw last week on the regular basis. Johnson did say however this gave the city and other cities the opportunity to assess any weak areas they had in their drainage systems.

Friday night FEMA support was granted for Baldwin County so now flood victims are able to apply for relief money.

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