This week begins the recovery from soft, soaking rains which devastated country roads throughout areas of Oklahoma. I’ve traveled many of the District 2 roads, assessing conditions, and many of you have called my cell phone or the office. This has given us a good comprehension of where the worst areas are and how best to re-establish road base. This week we will use road graders and trucks to the fullest extent to accomplish this. We appreciate your patience as we work toward addressing your roadway’s specific needs.
Last week District 1 also issued an update on the subject which I share with you as follows:
“Some of the rain everyone had been hoping for finally arrived, but when it did, roads throughout the whole county fell apart. The irony is that the rural living which appears so attractive when it is sunny becomes an issue on rainy days. Getting out of the city and away from the crowd to be in tune with Mother Nature is a thing of delight until inclement weather turns an idyllic little country road into a mud ball.
“Due to extended drought, many rural roads were topped with dust. The last two light rains we received converted that dust into soup. As a result, previously serene country dwellers and service personnel who use county roads are needing help.
“Each of the commissioners are working to provide assistance. Grader operators are also out reshaping roads to improve drainage. We certainly share the concern of the public about roadway conditions and will be addressing needs as quickly and capably as possible.”