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SMHA spent $40,000 to fix Lambers Drive

The Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority spent $40,000 to repair Lambers Drive in Bethel Twp., which was washed out during flooding last month.

The road washed out as five inches of rain was dumped on Clark County during a time period that stretched over May 21 and 22, making it impassable. Emergency officials were not able to get back to residents, officials said.

The road was temporarily fixed a few weeks ago before the permanent repairs were made earlier this month.

The Authority owns most of the road and eight single-family residences along it as well, according to SMHA director of modernization Cindy Hunter.

The construction was completed on June 20 by Ray Hensley, Inc., according to officials. The road had about five sinkholes, Hunter said.

“It crumbled the road up,” said Par Tolliver, SMHA executive director. “We were going to patch it, but after talking with the board, we decided to go ahead and get the whole process done so we wouldn’t have any problems during any other storms.”

The Authority asked HUD to release emergency capital funds to allow the repairs to be made.

The biggest concern was the safety and convenience of the residents, Tolliver said.

“They live there, they have to get in and out of that area,” Tolliver said.

Bethel Township owns a small piece of the road near Cliffside Drive, said fiscal officer Melanie Cochran. Bethel Twp. spent about $4,100 in repairs.

“We had a much smaller portion of the damage, but it all looked about the same,” Cochran said.

Earlier this month, the Clark County Emergency Management Agency estimated the damage so far had cost approximately $45,000. The storm displaced more than 100 families and was later declared a disaster area by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Thirty-nine of the 48 units in Laynecrest Manor Apartments had 18 or more inches of waters in the first floor living area.

A Long Term Recovery Committee has also been created by local government officials and other non-profit agencies to help victims of the spring floods and future disasters.

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