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Cleveland County starting road rebuilding process

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. -- Crews in many counties are still left to rebuild miles and miles of washed out roads. In Cleveland County, this is only the beginning.

Right now, the county has six major roads that need to be repaired. They're working on one right now, a portion of Cemetary Rd. off Hwy. 77.

Although the work has started, they fear the incoming heat, with already saturated ground, will bring bigger headaches.

"It's been a jig jog to get around where you need to be, but you make due," Elizabeth Hawkins, who lives near the collapsed bridge, says.

It's got crews working around the clock, trying to put six major roads back together.

"Hopefully we'll get the road open, we're trying as fast as we can, which we got our pipes today," Richey Fink, with Cleveland County, says.

But the new pipes can't go in yet. The county says it's too muddy.

"Right now we're trying to get enough dry material to get a base set, we've put some rocks in there and then we'll seal that off," Fink said.

Load after load, they have work, work, work.

"You can't put mud back in with mud, so it's a challenge right now for everybody," Fink says.

And the challenge continues even if there's no rain in the forecast.

"With the heat, moisture, weather changing, we're starting to see some roads start to deteriorate underneath because of so much moisture," Fink says. "We could have some roads buckle up or asphalt just flake."

County employees will cross that bridge when they get to it; it's this bridge they're focused on now.

"We didn't think it was going to take us this long, but the mud," Fink says.

Counties are facing harder times as road funding has been cut short for the coming years.

Just today, Governor Fallin said there could be millions of dollars in road damage and they're looking for aid.

 

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