Imagine this scenario, it’s 2 in the morning, your house catches on fire and you happen to live on Nash Howard road near Forreston.
Now you have called 9-1-1, gotten out of your house and are waiting for firefighters to arrive and save your house.
You see the lights and hear the siren coming in the distance. Now you see them still coming, bouncing the whole way down the road, moving excruciatingly slow.
The volunteer firefighters of Forreston get jostled every time they have to answer a call down Nash Howard and Bud Run road because of the massive potholes on the roads caused mostly by the recent rains.
“This road is our life line,” Fire Chief Floyd McBride said. “This is the way our truck has to travel to get to the east side of our district.”
The fire trucks McBride and his crew use to fight fires can’t drive over 15 mph on the two roads.
Another aspect of the roads working against the firefighters is the size of the roads themselves. The trucks are about as wide as the roads, which forces either the trucks or other cars to swerve onto the grass because there isn’t a shoulder.
“You don’t jerk this baby around,” McBride said referring to the fire truck. “This is basically a one-lane road. They call it a two-lane road, but it’s not.”
McBride has thought of a way for the county to fix the roads.
“I think they should just repave the whole roads,” McBride said, adding that expanding the roads to where they have a shoulder would be a good idea.
Another problem with the roads is that they are lower than the grass that serves as a shoulder, causing rain water to cover the roads and making the gigantic potholes invisible.
If the roads were better, it would cut response time down drastically, the fire chief added.
The road problems don’t just hinder the response time of the fire trucks, they cause damage to the $187,000 trucks.
“If you hit a pothole wrong, it could blow out a tire (which can cost up to $400 to replace),” McBride said. “If you break a spring or something like that, it escalates beyond belief.”
The county officials are aware of the problems, but have not made drastic changes yet, according to McBride.
“They know about (the roads),” McBride said. “We haven’t talked to them yet, but from time to time they will come over and drop a little bit of gravel on the road.”
While the gravel serves as a short-term repair, if the roads can get a permanent repair soon it would make the firefighters’ jobs easier and make the roads safer for the public, McBride said.
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