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Rain muddying Laurens Co. road, causing problems for buses, cars

Stanley Cemetery Road in Laurens County is a dirt road. County crews have been working tirelessly to smooth out the road and lay down dry dirt and sand/Eric Mock (WGXA)

LAURENS CO., Ga. -- The rain is making it hard for some in Laurens County to drive to work -- or even get their kids to school.

Stanley Cemetery Road in Laurens County is a dirt road. County crews have been working tirelessly to smooth out the road and lay down dry dirt and sand.

The Holliman family who lives on the road tells WGXA it was a mess Wednesday morning after heavy rain Tuesday night.

Patricia Holliman says the rain made it almost impossible for the school bus to pick up and drop off her grandchildren at her home.

“My girl, she got so upset she got off the bus and walked home," she said."It’s just been really awful with the weather.”

Holliman says the only way they were able to get the five kids living at her house to the school bus Wednesday morning was with their four-wheel-drive truck.

“If it wouldn’t have been for that truck, we probably wouldn’t have gotten them out there this morning,” she said.

Laurens Co. crews laid down dry dirt and sand to stabilize the surface, so a school bus could come through.

“We had crews scheduled to go out this morning," Laurens Co. Administrator Bryan Rogers said. "They were on site early this morning working on the road. And they’ll continue to work on the road until we can it into passable condition.”

Rogers says there’s around 500 miles of dirt roads in the county. He adds they usually don’t have this many issues with their dirt roads.

But last week, a utility company dug up Stanley cemetery Road. That -- mixed with lots of rain -- turned the Holliman’s road to pure mud.

“With how wet and muddy it is, there’s not a whole lot you can do other than try to get the mud off the road to a solid surface,” Holliman said.

With rain forecasted all week, it could be several days until Holliman’s road gets back to normal.

“It’s really a safety hazard for the kids and the bus drivers,” she said.

WGXA reached out to the Laurens County Board of Education to find out what children in this situation should do, but we have not heard back.

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