Road Paving Dream Turns Into Muddy Nightmare

Naomi Colson's getting used to driving his 4-wheeler. It's the only form of transportation she has since the road leading out has turned into a red river of mud.

"You just slide, you're not even driving. You have no control hardly. The first day it happen, we had no control. They pulled us out with a tractor," Colson says.

Life-long resident Shannon Havens says the clay chaos is a recent development.

"I've heard the talk that they were going to blacktop these bunch of roads," Havens says.

So the county first topped the old dirt roads with red clay.

"The dirt's been on there for about two and a half to three weeks," resident Kandace Colson says.

"They're supposed to be sladrock on top of it," Naomi Colson says.

But that didn't happen. So this week's soggy weather turned the block top dream into a nasty nightmare.

Havens says dozens of his neighbors have been stuck at home for the last few days.

"They have to drive a tractor to get in and out. They can't get in and out with their vehicles because they'll slide in the ditch," Havens says.

Volunteer firefighter Kandace Colson mainly worries what would happen if someone living around here would have an emergency.

"There's no way an ambulance or any type of rescue vehicle could come in here," Colson says.

And these folks want the county to hurry up and correct the problem.

"It's supposed to rain again pretty shortly, so put a load of rocks or put something down to help it out so we can get in and out," Naomi Colson adds.

WLOX talked to George County District Five Supervisor Henry Cochran on the phone. He says the county is following the correct procedure for paving roads and apologized for any inconveniences, but said this is the price of progress.

As for the emergency vehicle issue, Cochran said, "Let's just hope nothing happens."