Minor road repairs needed in Owen after heavy rain

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Landmark News Service

Following heavy rains last week, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said minor repairs would need to be done on some county roads.

According to the National Weather Service, some areas of the county received up to six inches of rainfall over the past week.

Keith said there were no reports of total isolation, but some flash flooding had been reported on Point of Rock Road and Old Landing Road over the weekend.

A bridge on Sawbridge Creek Road received some minor damages due to heavy rains, but state engineers had inspected the bridge Monday and deemed it safe for driving.

“There was some damage on the edges of the bridge,” Keith said. “They’ve placed protectors on the sides and there was no structural damages.”

Minor problems with patchwork on Twin Creek Road were also reported.

Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan said a concrete slab on Hwy. 1883 below Elk Lake was flooded for a period of time Saturday, as well as two others on Old Monterey Road.

“The New Liberty-Sparta Turnpike was closed for a little while,” Morgan said. “After the water went down, it had quite a bit of mud on it and the New Liberty fire department went down and cleaned the road off.”

Flooding could have been much worse, but Keith said counties to the east of Owen County had not received as much rainfall.

“It wasn’t anything like the surrounding areas,” Keith said. “We were very fortunate.”