Work began Monday morning to repair Canterbury Lane after a portion of it was washed away Christmas Eve as a result of heavy rains and flash flooding.
As of late morning, Canterbury Lane as well as Rising Starr Road near Brooks-Woolsey Road and a portion of McBride Road between Mask and Antioch roads were closed due to flooding damage. Division Chief Pete Nelms with Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services said work on Canterbury Lane was expected to be complete later this week. He also said county officials were meeting Monday afternoon to make plans to fix and reopen the other two roadways.
In the case of Canterbury Lane, about five dozen homes were cut off from the main Chanticleer subdivision entrance because of the road outage, but one family on that side of the creek happened to have a driveway on the back side of their property that reaches out to Hilo Road, and in coordination with Fayette County Sheriff’s Department they opened it up to their neighbors. A portable message board is parked near the bend in Hilo Road pointing residents down that driveway that leads into Chanticleer.
When the roadway went, so did the main pipe supplying water to Chanticleer residents. Construction contractor Brent Scarbrough & Company was sent quickly to replace that pipe, and by 10:30 or so that night it was running water to homes again.
“We knew we were going to get quite a bit of rain,” Nelms said. “The [National] Weather Service had briefings for us on the amount of rain to expect. They said flooding was a potential.
“You never know how much rain is going to fall at one time,” Nelms continued. “In the case of flash flooding, there’s not a lot you can do about it ahead of time.”
Nelms noted that weather forecasters were calling for another two to three inches of rain to fall on the area through Wednesday, which, depending on how fast it falls, could present challenges in completing road repairs.
“Hopefully the rain will be spread out over time,” Nelms said.
Down at McBride Road, the asphalt itself was not washed away by the flooding. The surge actually took out the dirt under the road, which left a cavern of sorts. Crews Monday morning deliberately broke up the asphalt on top of the cavern to ensure vehicles wouldn’t attempt to drive over what would have been a treacherously unsafe roadway.
“The Road Department did a good job of barricading the dangerous areas,” Nelms said, adding a request that the public leave those barricades in place.
“Please be patient,” Nelms said. “This is not going to be fixed in a day.”
At Canterbury Lane on Monday afternoon, safety crews with Brent Scarbrough & Company were looking after the job site, which included the upgraded water pipe and a 72-inch concrete pipe through which the stream will run under the new roadway. Company representatives said headwalls will also be installed to direct stormwater more smoothly under the roadway during future storms.