Flooded roads just one issue vexing Cherokee County

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Our recent bout of heavy rain has caused a lot of damage to East Texas roads. 

Cherokee County has been especially hard hit.

Some roads there are still flooded by nearby creeks. Others have been washed out or considerably damaged.

Some residents are pointing fingers at County Commissioner Kelly Traylor, saying he is refusing to fix their roads.

But he says a combination of budget constraints and the weather itself has prevented the county from acting quickly.

“One of the problems we’re facing is we go in and we try to repair those roads and our material is already wet, saturated, that we’re trying to put back in,” said Traylor. “We keep getting more rains and having to go back and redo what we’ve done. They don’t understand the process of prioritizing projects.”

Traylor says he is hoping for a dry spell long enough for his precinct to get some work done.

Until then, he says, the main roads will take priority.

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