LA GRANGE. Texas (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Transportation is assessing damage done to County Road 3233 in Fayette County, after a section of the asphalt caved in. Monday morning, a nearby creek flooded onto the road, stranding one driver and eventually swallowing up the road.
“It’s crazy, I [sic] never seen nothing like this around here, none of this like this right here though,” said John Perales. He was on his way to work when he came across the collapsed road.
“Let’s just hope they get it back up and running quickly so we can all get back to business,” Perales said.
TxDOT spokeswoman Cari Hensley says the fix is on the way.
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“We’ll come out and inspect the drainage pipe today and make sure it’s okay. If it’s okay, we’ll fill it in with limestone so the road is passable and then we’ll come back and do a permanent fix later,” she said.
Hensley says the washout happened because of how powerful the water was. A washout is the sudden erosion of soft soil or other support surfaces by a gush of water, usually occurring during a heavy downpour of rain or other stream flooding.
“We’re anticipating the road being fixed within the next day or so,” Hensley said.
TxDOT says a permanent fix for the road could take a while longer.