I would like to thank Gadsden County Commissioner Doug Croley (Dist. 2) and Robert Presnell, director of the county's road and bridges department, and the county commissioners for their help in fixing Frank Smith Road.
The 35-year-old, 48-inch culvert under the road is, according to Presnell, passing about a zillion acres of watershed through it. Add to this the beavers that clog the culvert, and the many rainstorms that wash over the road. During Tropical Storm Fay a young pregnant lady drove through the water and stalled. Thanks to emergency services and the sheriff's department for saving her life. An hour later, with rising waters, and she would have been swept downstream.
This is just one story of how the situation is dangerous. I could fill 10 letters with problems this culvert has caused.
Folks on this road know that the county is broke right now, and will be dependent upon federal help. Presnell is working with agencies to secure money to replace the culvert with a design that will accommodate the hundred-year flood description. This includes a bidding process that could take 3 months.
For more information, call Presnell at 875-8672.