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Infrastructure taking a beating
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Every major storm that hits the area threatens infrastructure, especially projects under construction.
The county and state both currently have multiple road projects underway, including work on Highway 196 and on Islands Drive on the Isle of Wight that have left strips of bare land and mud exposed to the high winds and heavy rains.
"We're always concerned when a rain storm comes through," said Trent Long, Liberty County Engineer. "We always take precautions to mitigate any damage to the roads."
He said as of midday Thursday there are no major issues with the roads and they don't anticipate too much overall damage.
He said preparation is key and that the county already took early precautions, setting up reinforcements on vulnerable roads, last week when the first round of rain hit swept into the region. These precautions should still be strong against the current weather system.
The exception to that is on Isle of Wight, where work to pave the previously dirt Island Drive have left a stretch of slimy clay where vehicles have been getting stuck sense over the weekend.
Long said the rain last week actually worked in their favor as they were able to identify problem areas where large amounts of standing water might occur or where roads were weak.
Also in preparation, OMI officials are making sure the area's canal and drainage systems are prepared for the large influx of water that is threatening floods.
"We have a list of critical storm drain structures that we check before, during and after the storm," OMI representative Gary Gilliard said.
He said they also have someone on duty 24 hours a day to field questions and address residents' concerns. If you suspect a drainage problem in your area, call 876-8216.
Mike Hodges with Hinesville EMA said while he hasn't received any reports of heavy standing water or issues with the roads, residents still need to be attentive and prepared for flooding conditions.
"Events will change quickly," he said.
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