Showing their appreciation… Cable Hollow residents thankful for work of County Highway Department

Published 11:53 pm Monday, August 9, 2021

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It’s not often that a county department gets praise for a job well done but the residents of Cable Hollow wanted to show their gratitude to Carter County Highway Department Superintendent Roger Colbaugh and his team for addressing an issue that has been problematic in the community for a while.

According to resident Don Hart, during heavy rain cycles in the past several years, Watauga Lake levels have risen from time to time and flooded over the lower point of the county road which has led to the road being blocked creating entry and exit problems for residents that live along the road.

Often it would take a week or longer for the waters to recede depending on how much rain fell as well as TVA’s ability to lower the water level based on downstream flood conditions.

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Hart said, “It wasn’t only an inconvenience but posed a danger to those needing to get in and out and also prevented access to Whitehead Cemetery for funerals as well as visitors to the cemetery.”

Residents have been working with Colbaugh and Shannon Burchett for the past few years as they worked toward implementing a solution and appreciate the department being able to address the issue this year.

Hart added that Colbaugh and his team were able to do four days of anticipated work in about two and a half days while creating a very minor blockage of the road during the construction phase.

“As a community, we say ‘Thank You’ to the Carter County Highway Department and their workers who maintain and improve our roads,” said Hart. “The families on Cable Hollow Road want to give this well-deserved thank you for the flood relief which was recently performed on the county road leading into our community and ending at the Whitehead Cemetery.”

The County Highway Department continues to work toward resolving several issues in the county ahead of an upcoming winter season that will certainly bring days of work keeping the county roads safe for travel to wintry weather especially in the high areas of the county.