Iron Station residents feel stranded after temporary bridge removed

Iron Station residents feel stranded after temporary bridge removed

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on July 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 7:25 PM

IRON STATION, N.C. -- Neighbors hope donations will help them fix a washed out bridge that doubles as the only way cars can get to and from their homes.

About 20 Trinity Farms neighbors in Lincoln County met Wednesday night to go over options.

The land bridge over Amity Lane washed out Friday due to heavy rain.  Officials installed a temporary bridge, but removed it Tuesday afternoon citing safety concerns since the bridge was not built for cars and had no sides to it.

For now, options include seeing what permits are needed, getting an engineer to inspect the damage, coming up with a repair estimate, asking if they can build it themselves and seeing if people will donate dirt and rock.

The problem is it's going to cost thousands of dollars neighbors don't have. It's up to them to fix it because it's private property.

If those options don't pan out, Robbie Lowman says people will have no choice but to move.

"I'd hate to move," Lowman said.

"You can't leave 20 families stuck back here with no medical, no fire. We can't even take out our garbage. We take garbage to the dump. Our garbage is going to pile up everywhere," said neighbor Elizabeth Hudson.

Lincoln County officials are calling various state agencies for help, but at last check haven't heard back.

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