Some residents of a Martinez subdivision had to walk around a sink hole in the only road leading to their homes to get to work Monday after the road caved in from early morning rains.
Lopa Shah was one of the residents of the 12 homes on Lake Stone Court that were isolated more than a foot of flood water rose from the nearby pond and washed out and caved in the road. Shah and her husband, Bimal, had to make other arrangements to get to work.
“We were actually surprised,” said Shah, adding her home at the end of the court wasn’t flooded at all. “Somebody called us in the morning and told us the road was caved in. My husband and I, we kind of walked down here to take a look.
“We just called friends. They are going to pick us up.”
Normally, water flows through a spill pipe under the road to a creek on the other side.
But the spillway was overwhelmed with more than four inches of rain in less than two hours, Columbia County Roads and Bridges Manager Tim Holloway said. Water flowed through the pipe and over the road to the creek. The nearby Reed Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant reported 4.7 inches of rain overnight, according to Columbia County Emergency Services Division Director Pam Tucker.
“Water came a foot to a foot-and-a-half over the roadway,” Holloway said. “It’s crazy.”
Like Shah, many residents walked around the sink hole to rides waiting on the other side.
Holloway said heavy equipment is needed to dig up the hole, check the pipe and utilities before refilling it. He hopes to have the road passable before the end of the day.
“We’re trying to get it temporarily fixed back tonight so these residents can get ingress/egress out of here,” Holloway said. “Our main concern is the emergency stuff, getting (in) ambulances, fire trucks, anything that may be needed.
The heavy rains also caused minor flooding in other areas. The parking lot of reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center was under more than a foot of water Monday morning. A house was flooded on Crystal Creek Lane and several other roads were flooded, but are passable for traffic, according to Tucker.