BENTON - Flood waters rose to cover roads in nearly 20 places around Scott County, according to officials. "Our roads were the worst I've ever seen them," said Terry Herndon, Scott County Highway Department superintendent, during Tuesday's county commission meeting.
Herndon said the ground had been saturated over the last couple of weeks and the ditch water had slowly risen to make the area vulnerable to flooding once a hard rain fell. "This was an insidious flood," said Herndon.
Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner, said farmers leveling fields were a big factor in overloading county ditches. Priggel said the flooding in Vanduser was the worst he has seen there.
"Rockview did good," said Jamie Burger, commissioner, regarding the area which had drainage problems addressed earlier this year.
Herndon said what concerned him most about the flooding over Scott County roads were the teen-age kids "flying down" flooded roads in four-wheel drive trucks "just as fast as they could go" - apparently just for the fun of it.
Herndon said their "fun" could easily have fatal consequences.
Herndon, who retires as superintendent at the end of the year, said it looks like his county service will end "with a bang - go out with a flood."
In other Scott County commission business:
* Priggel asked Herndon if the E-911 center's road maps are likely to be more correct on road numbers as maps recently referenced have mismarked roads.
Rita Milam, county clerk, said the problem will continue until the map in the assessor's office is updated as it is the one used as a base for the other maps. "Everybody keeps copying the same map over and over," said Milam.
* George E. Simmons, who owns land adjacent to the levee, discussed with commissioners his wish to plant a 200-foot buffer of trees alongside the levee on its river side to protect it from erosion when the river is high.
Burger said the trees would impede the water flow, slowing it down next to the levee.
* Tuesday was the first day to file for the upcoming municipal election in April, according Milam.
* The Scott County Courthouse will be closed Monday for Christmas Eve and Tuesday for Christmas, according to Milam.