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Road crews laying groundwork to begin repairs

ESCAMBIA COUNTY  --  ESCAMBIA COUNTY - Road crews are now laying the groundwork to get people living in the hard hit areas moving again.  The flooding washed out large portions of paved roads in the Crescent Lake community and along Piedmont Road.  As the flooding recovery continues, temporary roads are being put in.

The roar of the excavators is music to the ears of residents in the Crescent Lake community.  Road crews are repairing damaged sewer and water lines and laying the groundwork to put in a temporary road.  Cynthia Hankinson is glad to see construction crews on her street hard at work from sunrise to sundown.

"We know they are doing everything they can to get us access to be able to get in and out.  They're very concerned about this area here and most other areas within the county" said Cynthia Hankinson, Crescent Lake.

Her neighbor Beatrice Albright lives a few houses up the street.

"It's so hopeful watching it, they're working day by day, and gradually seeing it come closer and closer to being finished" said Beatrice Albright, Crescent Lake.

Across town, people on Piedmont Road are seeing signs of progress too.

"Nonstop pumping, trucks moving, it seems to me they're doing everything they can to get things back to normal" said Lori Prettyman, Piedmont Road.

After the storm, Wolfgan Domschke and his family of six didn't have access to a working sewer system.  They had to use porta-potties or check into a hotel to use the bathroom.  Now with the sewer line repaired, it brings Piedmont Road a step closer to returning to normal.

Wolfgang Domschke - Piedmont Road
"We've gone through some good times and bad but it's progressing vastly" said Wolfgang Domschke, Piedmont Road.

It's expected to take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for all the road repair work to be complete.