Recent Rains Did Lots Of Damage To Collin County Roads

All non essential road projects have been suspended while the county addresses an epidemic of weather related potholes.

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KEN MOLESTINA: New at 10:00, after a recent flooding, some North Texas roads are in pretty bad shape, to be honest here. Collin County has so many repairs, in fact, to make them, they are having to stop all other projects just to address the potholes, for example, caused by all of the recent nonstop rains. J.D. Miles is in Collin County to explain just how long all of this could take.

J.D MILES: Some of them are big enough to almost bath in. Rural roads in Northwest Collin County are covered in potholes, several almost a foot deep and growing.

JON KLEINHEKSEL: We probably rank it as a major inconvenience right now. I mean, we're not in crisis mode because we have the supplies, materials, and manpower to address it.

J.D MILES: The county's public works department has suspended all nonessential road projects to focus on emergency repairs in as many as 40 to 50 locations that look like this.

JON KLEINHEKSEL: But this particular event is-- all the flooding and the rain-- on the heels of that winter storm that we just experienced about three or four months ago. So it's compounded the issue and created an even bigger challenge.

J.D MILES: This gravel county road in Anna is one of about five projects that have been put on hold for paving. That means more months of waiting for something the owner of Lone Star Dog Ranch has been wanting for years.

RENEE EDEN: I would say on the average, we probably have 20 to 30 cars coming and going in the afternoon and in the morning to drop their dogs off, to pick their dogs up. I'll understand the problem with the amount of rain that we've had, but that road out there is not in good shape for our clients.

J.D MILES: Filling each of these potholes with asphalt is a tedious and time consuming process. But as you can see, these crews are working late into the evening to get it done. County officials say it will take about two to three weeks to fill every pothole and three to four months after that to fix other weather-beaten roads. In Collin County, J.D. Miles, CBS 11 News.