Rain washes out road in Myrtlewood

Published 10:11 am Monday, April 7, 2014

A severe thunderstorm that rolled through southern Marengo County on Sunday afternoon resulted in some damage, but heavy and persistent rains caused the most problems.

Alabama 114 going into Myrtlewood from Highway 69 is closed to all traffic because the road has washed out.

Marengo County EMA Director Kevin McKinney said the rain over the last few days caused the pavement to sink and slide.

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“It was down about a foot to a foot-and-a-half when I saw it [Sunday],” he said. “The DOT was going to try to get something done [Monday] – one lane if nothing else – so the people that live in Myrtlewood can get out of town without going into Choctaw County and going around.”

A detour into Choctaw County and back to Alabama 69 is 30 miles.

The road was closed before the severe thunderstorm warning, which occurred at about 2:30 p.m.

McKinney said his department received reports of trees and power lines down on Highway 69 just south of Myrtlewood, as well as reports of trees down south of Linden on Highway 43.

He added that there were no calls for assistance during the mid-afternoon or late-night storm Sunday.