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Beavers blamed for residents washed out road

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Beavers are being blamed for the muddy road conditions in Pickens County after rain showers. (abc3340.com) Beavers are being blamed for the muddy road conditions in Pickens County after rain showers. (abc3340.com)
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     People who live on Sellers Road in the Pickens County community of Carrollton say they're tired of digging out of a mud hole.  That's what their road turns into when it rains.  "I've lived here 50 years and its always been a temporary fix.  Its never a temporary fix," said resident Danny Price.

    Noticeably, dirt piles have washed to the side of the road indicating frequent flooding.

    Price and neighbors say a culvert and creek nearby are not big enough to handle rain water before it pours out down stream.  The water backs onto the role washing out huge holes.

    Price says crews will fill in the holes but the problem constantly returns each time it rains.  "You can't keep a brand new car because it keeps it torn up.  The mail carrier she keeps her car in the shop....I think they can build up the road in these low spots and fix it where the water will not come over the road."

    They're particularly upset because Pickens County leaders paved a stretch of Marvin Chapel Road where no one lives but that portion is the same length of the washed out Sellers Road.

    County commissioner, Ted Ezelle says the problem with the flood is beavers keep building dams clogging the flow of the creek.  He says they do not have permission from private landowners to go on their property and rectify situation.

    However, Ezelle gave not clear answer as to why they paved a road where no one lives versus a problematic road where people do live.  He referred ABC 33/40 to the county's road engineer, but we were told he was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.