ADA — Workers for the city of Ada and Pontotoc County are having a difficult time making repairs to roadways damaged during last week’s flash floods because the rain just won’t stop.

The flash flood that caused severe damage to county roads and city streets last week still seems to be causing damage in the Ada area. Not since the storms began June 18 has the Ada area seen any significant amount of sunshine.

Last Monday’s storm dumped more than five inches of rain across the county, with the month’s total passing nine inches. More heavy rain was in the forecast for today and Wednesday, and the long-range forecast calls for an ongoing chance of rain for the next week.

“The ground is so saturated it is difficult for the city to catch up,” said Mark Bratcher, city of Ada Public Information Officer. “All construction work has been slowed down by the rain.”

The rushing flood water caused by the June 18 storm washed major chunks of asphalt from several city streets. According to Bratcher, a section of East 10th Street received the most damage.

“The city has swept off the debris on 10th Street,” he said. But the street will most likely not be patched because underneath the broken layer of asphalt is a concrete slab the city is planning to uncover.

“The city has been patching streets ever since (the June 18 storm), but the patches won’t hold because of the rain,” said Bratcher. “It all depends on the weather patterns, as to when the repairs can be made.” Bratcher assured that city workers were using the rain delay wisely.

“The city is using the rain delay as an opportunity to inventory all problem areas in Ada,” he said. “The city will be prepared to make all repairs as quickly as possible when the rain lets up.”

The city of Ada’s roadways were not the only ones to suffer. Pontotoc County’s county roads were also heavily damaged by last week’s floodwaters.

According to Pontotoc County Commissioner Winford Wood, District 3, Pontotoc County Emergency Manager Chad Letellier estimated the damage in Pontotoc County at approximately $1 million dollars so far.

“The flood did as much damage as the drought did, or more,” Wood said.

In District 3, the June 18 flood washed away one bridge and left several others needing repairs. “That alone (the washed out bridge) is around a $400,000 loss,” said Wood.

Like the city, Pontotoc County workers have been unable to make major repairs because of the continual rainfall.

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