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Heavy rain washes through work site
Repairs under way near private lake
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Forsyth County News


Heavy rain over the weekend took a toll on the Buford Dam Road project in Cumming, though repairs were expected to take just a couple days.

Jimmy Vaughan of engineering firm Moreland Altobelli, which works with the city of Cumming, said Friday night's storm disrupted the work site near Mary Alice Lake.

“They had a dam and they [were] pumping around to build a culvert and ... the heavy rain that was Friday did blow the dam out and ... some of the silt fence was breached,” Vaughan said.

“Most of the silt was contained in the culvert area.”

Vaughan informed contractor C.W. Matthews of the damage. Repairs were expected to be completed by late Tuesday.

The city is building a culvert and sewer line along Buford Dam Road as the first step of a project to widen the corridor to four lanes from Sanders Road to Hwy. 9.

Steve Bennett, Cumming’s assistant city administrator, said the culvert “like a lot of stuff that was done a long time ago, wasn’t sized properly.”

The new sewer line will not be hooked up to the city’s system just yet, but Bennett said it was "more cost effective to do it before the road.”

“It’s for serving areas at a later date,” he said.

Vaughan said C.W. Matthews checked the lake before starting work and will do so again when the 90-day culvert and sewer project is complete.

“That will identify if any major silt deposits went into the lake,” he said. “Mary Alice had a great deal of silt already in it.

"There was a lot of prior damage, but still that’s not saying that some silt didn’t get down into the lake.”

The sewer project is slated to be completed in early June. If any additional silt is found in the lake, Vaughan said the Environmental Protection Division would be consulted.

Bennett said the entire road project should wrap up in September.