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Dade Co. flood damage puts strain county budget & some residents

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DADE CO., GA (WRCB) - Dade County officials say this week's flooding is the most significant they've had in several decades. Road repairs are putting a strain on the county budget and individual residents.

Dade County officials tell us 14 main roads were damaged by flood waters, but then there are private roads, like the Doyle family's bridge. Now six members of the family are stuck on the other side, and say their options for getting out are limited.

"Never seeing anything like that. Ever," Melanie Doyle said.

Flood waters from Murphy's Hollow Creek were powerful enough to wipe out the Doyle family's 50 year old bridge made of concrete and metal rails.

"We had to cut a road through the mountain over there," Doyle said.

But, she says even that's useless whenever her cousin takes the only truck to work during the day.

"My mom actually had a doctor's appointment today we had to cancel because she's disabled, she can't come across the creek," Doyle said.

With four of the six of them disabled, Melanie runs the errands by climbing across the creek, and driving her car parked at her neighbor's house.

"You can tell how hard it was just for one person to walk, you try to carry someone through here, it's not going to happen," Doyle said.

More than a dozen main county roads were washed out too in northern Dade, adding up to a million dollars in repairs, that wasn't planned for in the budget.

"We don't have a million dollars to fix it, but we're going to do what we can to fix it for the safety of our taxpayers," Dade County EMA Director Alex Case said.

Officials say they just started on summer paving projects throughout the county, which are now on hold. They say for this new damage, they are eligible to dip into the county SPLOST money, and are applying for grants.

"We got to meet a threshold to qualify for money for FEMA, but we know that what happened in Oklahoma, that's more priority right now," Case said.

County officials say they're not waiting though, and will do the best they can with the money they have now.  

As for the Doyle's private bridge, the lowest estimate for a new one is $15,000. They're hoping to get some help from their community.

"It would mean the world. I mean, you don't expect anything like this to happen," Doyle said.

If you'd like to help the Doyle's reconstruct their bridge, you can contact Melanie Doyle by phone at (423)423-785-7740, and by email at countrygirl21684@gmail.com.

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