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Road Conditions Still a Problem in Whiteville

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

WHITEVILLE, Tenn- Residents on Murphy Lane Road in Whiteville were unable to get in or out of their neighborhood yesterday for more than four hours due to flooding.

The Hardeman County Highway Department had the road reopened late Sunday night. Now, residents are hoping they do not have to deal with the problem again.

More than six inches of rain left most of Murphy Lane under water and residents stranded on Sunday. David Sipes, superintendent of the Hardeman County Highway Department said Murphy Lane is often a target of flooding, but it is never been this bad. He said his department has been working to get a grant to build a bridge in the area for more than four years.

"We're doing everything in our power to get it done and we will get it done," said Sipes.

A pre-construction meeting is scheduled on January 17. Sipes said the plan is to begin working on the bridge as soon as the weather permits.