County Road 522 on Stouts Mountain damaged by weekend storms

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A slide caused by heavy weekend rains damaged County Road 522. (Photo courtesy of Joan Moore)

STOUTS MOUNTAIN, Ala. – Heavy weekend rains brought by the remnants of tropical storm Claudette washed away the shoulder and edge of the road surface on County Road 522 on Stouts Mountain. According to the Cullman County Road Department, the slide displaced an extensive amount of earth, and repairs will not happen quickly. 

County Engineer Bryan Cheatwood told The Tribune that a few minor washouts around pipes occurred along roads in the New Canaan area near Arab, along with numerous downed trees. 

“There have been a few other minor washouts and other tree debris and tree downs,” said Cheatwood. And we’re very thankful for the service of many of the fire departments assisting us in clearing that. Basically, that was about it, though.” 

Cheatwood reported that all damage in the New Canaan area has been repaired, but County Road 522 will take more time. 

Cheatwood said, “That one’s pretty significant. It’s going to take quite a bit of material. We’re probably looking at over anywhere from 300 to 400 truckloads of material — an equivalent to 300 to 400 truckloads of material — that have to be replaced on the slope. Luckily, there’s a shelf there that we can possibly build back up to, but it’s just that we’re going to have to get a lot of stuff in place to get that replaced.” 

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