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Community in Iaeger stranded after flood washes out road

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IAEGER, W. Va. (WVVA) - Road washout... repair... repeat... It's a vicious cycle for families who live in the holler off Sandy Huff Road in Iaeger.

"This has been an issue for years and years," Brenda Coleman, a resident of the community, said.

"We've lived up here for 26 years, and for the last 18 years, we've had problems with our road," Mary Keene said.

The families said the road washes out two to four times a year. They blame the drain pipe in the creek, saying it's too small to handle the volume of water that comes through.

"There is no way out, unless you want to brave putting a board down and walking across that. Kids have missed school, people have missed work... it's really been a bad deal," Keene said.

The root of this problem... it's a private road, so the state won't help. The residents said it's up to the gas companies that use the road to access their wells. But residents said they're no help either.

"The last time, we fixed it. We went and bought gravel... all of the community here, we paid for it. And we fixed it ourselves, by hand. Didn't last a month, and it got washed away," Coleman said.

This time... beyond repair. So the McDowell County Commission stepped in to help.

"First time we've had help," Coleman said.

The county filled in the road with gravel.

"We're trying to work it out... in the process of trying to help locate a pipe and get it corrected for them," Michael Brooks, McDowell County Commissioner, said.

"I do thank Michael Brooks so much for helping us," Coleman said. "If it weren't for him, I don't know what we'd do... I just don't know."

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