Infrastructure suffers after July rains

This weed choked culvert east of Eastpoint still contains standing water. Photo available for purchase

This weed choked culvert east of Eastpoint still contains standing water.

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM.

Howard Nabors, Franklin County ’s new public works director is already facing a number of challenges.

Nabors told commissioners that flooding was a problem in several areas of the county during heavy July rains. Commissioner Cheryl Sanders agreed with him and said, “The city of Carrabelle was completely inundated.”

Carrabelle’s sewer system was temporarily overwhelmed by flooding on July 22 forcing the dismissal of The Nest children’s summer activity program and leading to an advisory not to use washing machines or toilets until floodwaters subsided.

Sanders said flooding occurred between Putnal and Franklin streets and in front of the old Junior Food Store in Lanark Village ; at the site of the sharp curve at site of the old El’s Court Motel between Carrabelle and Lanark; and at “Smokey Hollow” on the eastern edge of Carrabelle.

Nabors said Hog Wild Barbeque east of the Tillie Miller Bridge was “completely flooded out.”

Commissioner William Massey, who is employed by Carrabelle’s public works department, said the restaurant flooded during the July 22 deluge. He told commissioners he installed a pump to help owner Ken La Paz, remove floodwater from the eatery and cleaned ditches in the area. He said Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) did not respond to a request for help in clearing the ditches on the state right of way.

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