Washed out roads in rural areas have the possibility of disrupting daily life for weeks, and sometimes for months.
One of the problems facing rural counties is the amount of tax money allocated to them for road maintenance and upgrades. Believe it or not, there are thousands of miles of dirt roads all over the United States. Rather than putting in bridges over creeks, culverts are used.
Well, culverts only allow X amount of water to pass through them. When the flow of water exceeds X, the water starts to back up. Eventually, the water will find a way around the culvert. This typically means the water goes over the road, which causes erosion.
With enough time, the flowing water erodes the road away.
Washed Out Roads
Once the road has been washed out, then comes time to rebuild the road. The bad news is this could take months, depending on how bad things are.
A few miles from the farm there was a very old wooden bridge that had been there for decades. At time has a way of doing, a heavy rain came along, and the bridge was washed away. If I had to guess, the bridge was put into place maybe in the late 1970s. It was replaced in the early 2000s.
Some of the readers may thing it was a simple task to replace a bridge over a dirt road in a rural area. The truth is, the bridge stayed out for months, maybe even close to a year.
When a county does not have money to rebuild a road or bridge, the county commissioners have to ask the state or federal government for money. As with everything with the government, it can take a very long time for everything to process.
Eventually, rather than a culvert or wooden bridge, the bridge was replaced with a cement and steel.
Dealing with washed out roads and bridges is just one of the many things people living in rural areas have to deal with.
One of the good things about living in a rural area is the county commissioners usually take care of business. The commissioners like their elected jobs and want to keep them. So when there is an issue with a rural road, the commissioners usually take care of business.
Washed out roads pose an issue with transportation. From a prepping point of view, it is just a matter of time before roads are washed out and become impassable.