Crews working to make sure flood waters don’t damage area roads

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – When the skies open up, road crews eye the pavement to make sure the roads don’t do the same.

“Sometimes there may be a surge of water to a drainage tunnel under a road and then they break the tunnel and then that breaks the road up,” said the NCDOT’s Communications Manager Steve Abbott

We know water on the road ways can be dangerous to drivers, but when it seeps beneath the road it can be a hazard too.

“For a prolonged period it will tend to deteriorate the pavement faster, potentially erode the base under the road and get into some trouble when cars do get back on it,” said Kent Jackson, director of engineering and construction management for the Town of Apex.

We spoke to local officials about what they’re doing to keep streets safe. With this many straight days of rain, crews in Apex are working fast.

To avoid any kind of big damage to streets, crews take time making sure rain water doesn’t pool up on roadways.

“[We have to] make sure all of the basins are free of debris [and] the pipes are flowing freely so they can take as much storm water as possible,” said Jackson.

One good thing about all the rain we’ve had this week is that it’s allowed the crews to pinpoint problem areas or basins that are backed up. Crews are able to get them cleared out and ready for the possible flooding that the area could see this weekend.

Even though officials say the chance of major damage to roads is slim, they are still urging drivers to be careful out there.

“Pay more attention to the routes that you typically travel,” said Jackson.

“Do not drive through standing water. You don’t know how deep it is, and you don’t know what’s underneath it. There may be a part of the road that was washed away,” Abbott said.

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