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Heavy rains destroy busy Central Texas highway


UPDATE: The Milam County Sheriff's Office confirms that FM 485 has been reopened after it was severely damaged after last week's flooding.

People driving on FM 485 northwest of Cameron were in for a surprise Thursday afternoon when they saw a familiar road severely damaged by the heavy rains. Residents in the area and people commuting on the road say they couldn't believe what they saw.

"I have never seen it over the road this high, and the damage that has been done to the pavement has never been like this before." Cameron resident Melvin Hollas said.

Hollas, like many others, rely on the road as a shortcut between Temple and College Station. Hollas says the road gets very busy, especially during this time of the year when Texas A&M football fans in the Temple area make their road trips to Kyle Field in the fall.

"The road is really highly used. It is a well-traveled road. It's definitely going to have an impact on travelers in the area," Hollas said.

Cameron Fire Department Chief Henry Horelica agrees.

"A lot of people use FM 45 from College Station to get to Temple to go to work or get to school. That road is going to be impassable for a while until we get it prepared," Horelica said.

TxDot official Bobby Colwell says once the water is cleared they will look at the damage, but they believe the road won't be used for several weeks.

"We will have something in place, tomorrow probably," Colwell said. "If we are going to have to get a contractor or anything of that nature that we can't do it ourselves to come in fix the roadway, but this will be the utmost importance to us to get this roadway open as quickly as possible."

Colwell says in the meantime drivers should take an alternative route to get from Temple to College Station.

"The reason why we put these barricades out and have a slogan 'Turn around, don't drown' and so if the roadway is safe for the traveling public we would open it, but it is not safe due to the rain," Colwell said.

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