Heavy rains cause issues across Walker County
by James Phillips
Sep 07, 2011 | 3772 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Anna Bennett looks around her Jasper apartment after heavy rains caused the ceiling to collapse Monday evening. - Photo by: James Phillips
Anna Bennett looks around her Jasper apartment after heavy rains caused the ceiling to collapse Monday evening. - Photo by: James Phillips
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The torrential rains associated with Tropical Storm Lee that moved through Walker County Monday and Tuesday left some roads severely damaged and have been named as the causing factor in a ceiling collapse at a Jasper apartment complex.

During one of the storm's heavier downpours Monday evening, one Jasper resident was shocked when a portion of her ceiling fell on top of her. Anna Bennett, a resident at Wedgewood Manor Apartments in Jasper, said she was reading the newspaper when her ceiling started to fall.

"I was sitting here and all of a sudden it was falling on top of me," she said.

Members of the Jasper Fire Department and the Jasper Police Department were called to the scene. Jasper Fire Chief Calvin Kluesner said firefighters were dispatched to check on Bennett's injuries.

"It's my understanding that due to the buildup of water in the ceiling that the sheetrock collapsed, partially falling on the lady," he said. "Our department was called out to a ceiling collapse with injury. Luckily, she wasn't hurt too bad."

Kluesner said Bennett was treated at the scene and didn't go to the hospital.

Across the county, roads were covered with water by late Monday night and many were severely damaged by the heavy amounts of rain. Randy Bridges, commissioner for District 4, said Tuesday morning that county crews had worked until late Monday night and were already working Tuesday on several roads that had been washed away.

"We've got some roads that are completely gone," he said.

Bridges said one family in the Argo community was left without a way to leave their home when a culvert washed out.

"We've checked on them and will continue to check on them," he said. "They really don't have any way in or out until that road can be fixed. We'll get it done as soon as we can."