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Snow Hill Road Closure "Inconvenience" For Drivers, Neighbors

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SNOW HILL, Md. - The "Road Closed" and "Detour" signs dot Route 12 between Salisbury and Snow Hill.  The road was washed away a few miles northwest of Snow Hill by floodwaters triggered by last week's heavy rains.

On Thursday, a steady stream of people drove out to see the damage for themselves.

"It's crazy to be honest," said Crystal Ford of Salisbury.  "I thought it'd just be a bunch of water.  I didn't think it would actually be caved in."

Kenneth and Arlene Thom live in the neighborhood next to the closure.  They described a harrowing ordeal of watching the floodwaters close Route 12 at Nanticoke Creek in one direction and eventually wash out Route 12 in the other, leaving their neighborhood cut off.

"Our daughter actually called the police and said my parents have to get out because my husband was preaching in Accomac," said Arlene Thom.

Eventually the water subsided, but the washout remains and could take several weeks to repair.  Donnie Drewer with the State Highway Administration told WBOC the project first has to go out to bid before construction can begin.  However, due to the emergency nature of the project, Drewer predicts the road will be operational in three weeks.

For the many people who use Snow Hill road on a daily basis, that day can't come soon enough.  The SHA has set up a detour routing traffic from Route 12 to Millville Road and Old Furnace Road before heading drivers back to Route 12, adding approximately seven miles to the commute between Salisbury and Snow Hill.

"It's an inconvenience," said Arlene Thom.

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