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Residents urged to eye road signs

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Clay County Commissioners recently issued a reminder to residents to make sure they are paying attention to road closing signs like the one at County Road 425 W, which becomes Monroe Street in Staunton.
Members of the Clay County Commissioners are reminding residents to obey road closing signs following flooding during the weekend, which caused severe damage to many roads.

Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown said many residents have been either disregarding road closing signs or moving them after passing.

"Be patient with us," Brown said. "This is a real serious situation. We're getting to these problems as soon as we can. When you disregard (the road closing signs), it's causing safety concerns for everybody."

Brown said he is aware that the closing of several county roads might be an inconvenience for residents, but they are there for a reason.

"It's for everybody's safety that these signs stay in place," Brown said. "We don't want anybody hurt. Just give us the opportunity. Work with us. We're working around the clock."

Meanwhile, Brown said the assessment of damage for Clay County could be completed soon and the county may be added to an approval of assistance programs that President George W. Bush recently acted on for the state.

"We're working on the assessment," Brown said. "It's not completed yet."

Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director Bryan Husband said members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were scheduled to be in the area Thursday. Husband said they were in Owen County Wednesday and Monroe County Tuesday.

"They will start making site visits," Husband said.

On Wednesday, President Bush approved assistance programs for eight counties in the state that were ravaged by flooding or other severe weather during the past two weeks, according to a release by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The programs will aid affected homeowners, renters and businesses in Bartholomew, Hancock, Johnson, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Vermillion and Vigo counties, according to the release.

The state has already received approval for director federal assistance, which includes items such as food, water among other things in 29 counties, including Clay County.

But the approval of assistance programs for individual assistance would include possible grants up to $28,000 per household for rent, repairs, replacement of homes and personal goods.

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First, thank you Charlie for the story.

As a member of one of our local Volunteer Fire Departments I can tell you we had to put up with some rather obstinate motorist who insisted on going through and is some cases destroying barricades across roads that were closed either by the County or the State.

These roads would not be closed if they (road departments) didn't feel that there was a danger to drive over them.

On one stretch of State Road we had to rebuild the barricades a dozen times.

One man even went as far as evoking Mr. Browns name saying that Mr. Brown was under the impression that the road in question was passable, which of course Mr. Brown had said no such thing.

Just remember folks, roads get closed for a reason, travelling on them could very well put you in a dangerous situation.

And please don't start arguments with members of the State or County Roads Department or your Volunteer Fire Department members that may happen to be guarding these locations, we're just trying to help keep everyone safe!

Thank you to all of the courteous drivers who understood the situation.

Stay Safe!!!

-- Posted by BowlingGreenGuy on Fri, Jun 13, 2008, at 8:40 PM

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