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Some Palm Beach County residents fear access could be cut off by major storm

Posted at 5:15 PM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 08:30:19-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- We're a little over a month from the start of hurricane season. Homeowners in one community are afraid if a storm comes, they'll have no way to evacuate.

"The roads are all linking up here, and there is pretty much one way out and one way in. If something happens to this bridge, we are going to be screwed," resident Ryan Daniels. 

Daniels lives near the bridge over the canal at 190th Terrace North and 60th Street North. Now, he's reaching out to local government for help.

"Lord help us if we need any paramedics, police firefighters out here. In a situation like a hurricane, all it takes is one good one to wash (the bridge) out over here," said Daniels.

Daniels and others claim it's the only access point in and out to hundreds of homes. 

"It isn’t they do have access through Orange Boulevard at Seminole Pratt that goes all the way west," said Betty Argue, the president of the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors. "The issue is that this road in certain sections has not been built up."

The reason: She says some of the area is not activated, meaning some don't pay taxes to have Indian Trail service the roads. Those who live here say take one look and you'll see why said roads aren't passable. 

"I used to have a bow and $3,000 later I said, 'That's enough. I got a pickup truck,'" said resident David Lopez. 

County commissioner Melissa McKinlay said there is concern about access in and out and making sure firefighters and paramedics aren't injured going in and out.  Also, that the equipment is not damaged. 

"It will swallow up a semi tractor-trailer because the potholes are so bad and the ruts are so bad on that road," said Daniels. 

She said they are trying to see if there is emergency recourse but there are questions about jurisdiction because these are not county roads in question.