A Martinez road that collapsed Monday after heavy rains is once again closed isolating residents on the court beyond the collapse.
A portion of Lakestone Court in Barrington subdivision gave way after heavy rains and flood water overwhelmed a spillway pipe under the road leading from a pond on one side to a creek on the other.
Residents of 12 homes were able to walk out, but were not able to drive vehicles over the road until it was hastily repaired to allow access.
“Those folks were stranded back there,” Columbia County Construction and Maintenance Division Director Matt Schlachter said. “They had no way in and no way out. We did a quick, quick temporary repair to the road.”
Schlachter said the road was closed again Wednesday night after officials sent a camera through the pipe.
“The pipe under the road had collapsed,” Schlachter said.
The force of Monday’s fast-rising flood water overwhelmed the pipe. It collapsed and was eroding earth from below the road, which caved in.
Schlachter said an 18-foot-deep hole also developed on the roadside opposite from the pond.
Resident Gene Renno joked with neighbors about “getting his exercise” as he parked his car outside of the collapsed area and walked home.
“I have faith that Columbia County will get this taken care of as quickly as possible,” he said.
The county’s reverse 911 system was used to contact residents Wednesday evening along with deputies and county staff going door-to-door to alert residents of the second impending closure. They were given time to move their vehicles beyond the repaired area before the road was closed again.
“Right now, we’re in the process of evaluating the situation,” Schlachter said. “Until this rain stops, we can’t open the road up. We’re going to leave it like it is right now. If we have to drive across it (for emergencies), we can.”
Crews were on the road Thursday working to protect water lines in case of another collapse. Electricity and gas lines also run along the road and are being dealt with.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure we’re preventing any future damage to any utilities or any homes,” Schlachter said.