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February 27, 2013

Most roads now safe, open

Schools chief says students won't have to make up missed days

MOULTRIE — The more than 20 county roads closed on Tuesday had dropped to 10 by Wednesday afternoon, with half of the closed roads being due to bridge safety concerns.

An additional 16 roads were passable but marked with caution signs due to water over the roadway.

Emergency management officials also gave the OK for students to return to school today with the reopening of the majority of the roads.

Okapilco Creek and the Ocholckonee River had crested in Moultrie by Wednesday and were close to cresting in the southern portion of the county if they had not already done so, said Russell Moody, Colquitt County emergency management director.

“We made a lot of headway today, a lot of improvement,” he said.

Of the paved roads where water has receded and inspections were made, none seem to have suffered significant damage, he said. As the need to monitor roads for hazardous conditions has lessened, work has shifted to checking roads for washing underneath and checking drain pipes and culverts for blockage.

Dirt roads that were washed away will need scraping by county Roads and Bridges personnel in coming days.

For the school system, the two days missed by students will not be made up unless some future weather event leads to additional school closings, Schools Superintendent Samuel DePaul said. Barring such an event, students will see the 179-day school calendar shrink to 177 days.

“We’re still way ahead of the game because some of them (school systems) have less than 170 days that they go,” he said.

The classroom days lost did not cause students to miss any crucial time such as standardized test preparation, DePaul said.


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