The grass is green and growing fast. Mushrooms have popped up all over the place in soggy soil. And some are projecting an onslaught of mosquito activity thanks to the unusually wet summer.
Oh yes, and flash floods have put a beating on local roads, with Madison County’s 21-person road crew working overtime to repair washed out culverts and other water-related problems.
“I have not seen this amount of rainfall in my life, not in the summertime at least,” said road department and building and grounds director Alan Lapczynski.
Three roads — Audie Porterfield Road, Cedar Grove Church Road and Sam Bruce Road — are closed now due to rain-related problems.
Lapczynski said pipes blew out on Audie Porterfield and Cedar Grove Church Road.
“There’s a big round sinkhole on that one (Audie Porterfield),” said the road head. “On Cedar Grove, it blew out the side of the pipe.”
Lapczynski said water actually rose over the pipes on Sam Bruce Road. Two 90-inch concrete pipes have been installed by the county at the creek on Sam Bruce Road at a cost of approximately $80,000.