Collapsed Martinez road closed again

Thursday, June 6, 2013 6:54 PM
Last updated 10:08 PM
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A Columbia County employee works to protect water lines that run alongside Lakestone Court in Martinez. More heavy rains have wreaked havoc on road repairs.  VALERIE ROWELL/STAFF
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A Columbia County employee works to protect water lines that run alongside Lakestone Court in Martinez. More heavy rains have wreaked havoc on road repairs.

A Martinez road that collapsed Monday after heavy rains is again closed, isolating residents there.

A portion of Lakestone Court in Barrington subdivision gave way after heavy rains and floodwater overwhelmed a spillway pipe under the road leading from a pond on one side to a creek on the other.

Residents of 12 homes were able to walk out but were not able to drive over the road until it was hastily repaired.

“Those folks were stranded back there,” Columbia County Construction and Main­tenance Division Direc­tor Matt Schlachter said. “They had no way in and no way out. We did a quick, quick temporary repair to the road.”

Schlachter said the road was closed again Wednesday night after officials sent a camera through the pipe.

“The pipe under the road had collapsed,” he said.

The force of Monday’s fast-rising water overwhelmed the pipe. It collapsed and was eroding earth from below the road, which caved in. Schlachter said an 18-foot-deep hole developed on the roadside opposite from the pond.

Gene Renno joked with neighbors about getting his exercise as he parked his car outside the collapsed area and walked home.

“I have faith that Colum­bia County will get this taken care of as quickly as possible,” he said.

The county’s reverse 911 system was used to contact residents Wednesday evening about the closure, and deputies and county staff went door-to-door. Residents were given time to move their vehicles beyond the repaired area before the road was closed again.

“Right now, we’re in the process of evaluating the situation,” Schlachter said. “Until this rain stops, we can’t open the road up. We’re going to leave it like it is right now. If we have to drive across it (for emergencies), we can.”

Crews were on the road Thurs­day working to protect water lines in case of another collapse. Electricity and gas lines also run along the road.

“We’re doing everything we can to make sure we’re preventing any future damage to any utilities or any homes,” Schlachter said.


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