Two-thirds of Bastrop Co. roads damaged by floods

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BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A number of back-to-back floods have taken a big toll on Bastrop County roads. Officials believe two-thirds of the county’s roads need some amount of repair.

“Our crews have worked, they’re exhausted, doing everything they possibly can,” said Mike Fisher, Emergency Management Coordinator. “If we can get a dry summer, I think we can make enormous headway.”

The gravel, cracks and construction signs are reminders that when flood waters go away, they leave behind damage.

Of the four precincts, Precinct 2 and Precinct 4 saw the most widespread damage. However, no precinct went unscathed. The list of damaged areas continues to grow as more are reported.

Impassable road in Tahitian Village

“My friends, family and neighbors are frustrated. The people of Bastrop County have been through five disasters in one year, causes a lot of frustration,” said Fisher. “Priorities are a little bit more difficult.”

Fisher says the first priority is always public safety. He says all open roads are safe for people to drive on.

But a handful of spots are still impassable.

“I really wish I could promise a timeline,” said Fisher. “I know the commissioners would love to be able to do that. But it’s not something we can do now.”

Fisher estimates the most recent flood event in May caused about $3 million in damages. He says that combined with last May, the cost of fixing damage is upwards of $6 million. Fisher says he won’t be completely certain what the exact figure is for a few more months.

He says three of the last four floods have been declared eligible for public assistance by the federal government, where the county can get reimbursed 75 percent of the cost to make repairs.

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