Nine Montgomery families stuck in the mud

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MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - Woodley East Road looks more like what's left of a raging river. It's a muddy, soggy mess with no resemblance of a road that was ever maintained.

"You can't get in or get out," said resident Robert Ingram of the road, which is located off Highway 231 South in Montgomery County.

Back-to-back storms this week created a mess and a stuck pick-up truck in the mud tells the tale.

Shannon Smith was the lady behind the wheel Thursday when the truck got stuck. She was trying to take her children to school, but they never made it.

In fact, "I had a wrecker come out," Smith said, "and the wrecker got stuck."

With only one way in and one way out Ingram says the road used to be a public, county road.

"That's not right," said Montgomery County Commissioner Reed Ingram.

Commissioner Ingram, who is not related to Robert Ingram, says Woodley East Road has always been a private road and county taxpayer dollars can't be used to fix it.

However, that is not to say all 9 families on the three-quarter mile-long road will be left high and dry. Commissioner Ingram thinks there's a way to help.

"We'll outreach to the community and neighborhoods to see if they would contribute something to help bring in dirt," he said. "One man has already called and offered to donate dirt," he added.

For Smith she says, "I would be satisfied with whatever it took."

It's encouraging news for Smith and Ingram. Otherwise, they tell WSFA 12 News they can't afford a truck load of dirt.

For now, both figuratively and literally, the folks on this little stretch of roadway are still stuck in the mud, and there's a good chance of even more rain on Sunday.

"They're probably going to have to wait until it dries out," said Commissioner Ingram.

WSFA 12 News will keep you posted on what happens.