CCBOE: Bus drivers cannot access some flooded roads

Buses equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots were moved from Smith Lake Park Thursday over concerns that the water level could continue rising. (Photo courtesy of CCBOE)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Board of Education (CCBOE) announced late this week that it had to relocate Wi-Fi-equipped buses from Smith Lake Park due to concerns over water levels, and that buses would not travel certain roads to pick up students due to flood damage.

A CCBOE social media post read, “Due to the historically high water levels at Smith Lake, we had to move two school buses that are normally parked at Smith Lake Park, just in case the water continues to rise.

“School may be out for spring break this week, but we also wanted to let you know about some roads our buses are not going to be able to travel on due to flooding.”

CCBOE Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette told The Tribune Friday, “We’ve had some roads out since the first flooding a couple of weeks ago now. But what we’ve done, we’ve just notified either those parents if we can’t drive a bus down a certain road and the parents have been bringing them, or we’ve rerouted our buses to go around certain areas. That’s what we’ll continue to do. Unfortunately, we’re getting more and more roads that are impassable.”

Currently closed county roads, as of Friday afternoon, are 940, 1121, 1525, 1727, 1763 and 1775

Buses cannot travel on closed roads, even if “local traffic only” signs are posted.

Barnette said, “I would really like to brag on our county commissioners and our road department. I mean, they’ve gone way above and beyond, getting roads repaired and preventing others from being washed out. I think they’ve done a wonderful job and done a great job in keeping us informed. I applaud them.”

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