OC Commission seeks new emergency director

Ozark County commissioners expressed relief at their Monday morning meeting that FEMA has approved funding for repairs to county roads and bridges damaged by flood and high water. One of the crossings to be repaired is Haskins Ford over the Little North Fork of the White River as it flows into Bull Shoals Lake on County Road 863 near Isabella. A hole opened up in the submerged slab earlier this spring, and concrete blocks were placed in the damaged area to keep vehicles from driving into the hidden hole after vandals stole metal fenceposts originally marking the hazardous spot. The crossing was underwater most of this spring due to high lake levels. The repairs, which will return the area to "pre-flood" condition, will include concrete work, asphalt and new culverts. Times photo / Amelia LaMair

Also at their meeting Monday, the commissioners expressed relief that FEMA funds are coming in now to repair roads and bridges damaged by floods and high water.
Donley said funds have  finally been approved to repair the low-water crossing at Haskins Ford, which was underwater and non-crossable most of the spring. Adding to the high-water problem, a big hole opened up in the roadway slab at the ford over the Little North Fork River, an unseen hazard for those attempting to drive over the submerged crossing. After fenceposts marking the hole were stolen by vandals, the county had large concrete blocks hauled in to keep motorists from driving into the hole.


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