As the water starts to recede, the damage is beginning to be assessed. So far, the amount of damage done in Camden County is unknown. Road and Bridge Administrator Lee Schuman says that, at the very least, the gravel on a lot of the low water crossings has to be replaced.
He says they are already working on the issue as much as the weather will allow them to and, hopefully, they’ll have them all repaired within the next couple of weeks. Ron Gentry, Camden County Emergency Management Administrator, and Camden County Floodplain Administrator Kim Willey are attempting to compile damage estimates. They would like to urge residents to contact either the Planning and Zoning Office at 573-317-3860 or the EMA Office at 573-346-7108 to report damage to their property. They will then assess the damages as quickly and efficiently as possible.
In Miller County, inside of Saline Valley Conservation area, the bridge on Saline Road was damaged and, according to Barlow Biggers, the Emergency Management Director for Miller County, it will remain closed down until they can access it for repairs. He says, as far as they can tell so far, no other bridges or roads have been damaged. He does say, however, that there are still some they cannot inspect until the floodwater decreases and they can access them.
Morgan County is also trying to assess the damage that’s been done throughout the county. Emergency Management Director Rick Bias says a big concern they have is docks and, with the lake already high and rain still in the forecast, boaters willing to go out on the water still could cause even more damage.
Bias says that, although a no-wake hasn’t officially been issued, it would be very beneficial to area dock owners to follow a similar procedure.