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Drivers, businesses impacted by dam collapse

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SCREVEN CO., GA (WTOC) -

Georgia Highway 17 remains closed after a breached dam washed away part of the road. This is impacting motorists and businesses as Georgia Department of Transportation recommends using Georgia Highway 21 as an alternate route. 

"I live in Bulloch County and we are working over in Screven County, it might be a couple of miles further but it's not that bad of an inconvenience to me," said Wayne Skinner, motorist.  

Georgia DOT crews told WTOC they have already started bringing in equipment and making repairs to the highway that was damaged Saturday night after a dam breached at an 80 acre pond.  It is still unclear how long the highway will be closed from Millen to Dover but crews said it will be at least a week.

This road closure has not only affected drivers but also local businesses.

Fuel America off Highway 17 and US 301 is usually a hot spot for truck drivers traveling to Savannah but employees say business has been slow.

In fact, they said they see nearly 100 if not more truckers a day but these last few days, they have only seen a fraction of that number. Now businesses are hoping the road will reopen so business will not suffer much longer.

"Our truckers usually travel down Highway 17 and they come in for breakfast or fuel but they just haven't been able to come through because I guess all of them are detouring to Highway 21," said Kiewanna Badger, Fuel America. "We have been kind of slow today. Normally, it's really busy."

This is one of businesses where they see familiar faces everyday and even some of the locals have not been in the store since the dam breached and the road closed.

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