Jeff Davis County schools will remain closed a second day after more than a foot of rain washed out dozens of dirt roads. School superintendent Dr. Rob Brown said Monday the decision was made out of caution for the students who ride a bus to and from school.
"There are some roads that I might be able to travel in a four wheel drive truck. If I slide into a ditch, I can throw it in four wheel and get out. A bus is not equipped for that. If we get a bus sliding into a ditch and it turns on its side, that's on us." he said.
By mid-day Monday, dozens of dirt roads were closed with many worn with trenches several feet deep. Others held a foot or more of standing water. Tom Wooten, county road superintendent, said more than a week of heavy showers had taken their toll.
"Anytime you have 12 to 14 inches of rain in a week to ten days, the ground is saturated and it just has to soak in and dry before you can do anything with it," he explained.
He also noted the county has more than 400 miles of dirt roads to maintain, almost double the miles of paved roads.
Wooten said crews would begin repairing roads after rains stopped and would work on those with the most damage and those with the most traffic.