Youngsters from Wild Country are happy about the new bridge that unites their long divided subdivision.
Newly Constructed Bridge Unites Wild Country Lake Estates, WILD COUNTRY, April 20, 2015 - On the morning of April 18, 2015, Commissioner Bob Willis was joined by happy residents and the Property Owners Association in having a ribbon cutting for the formal opening of a bridge that once again unites the subdivision of Wild Country. The bridge replaces a dam/road that was heavily damaged back in 2008 by Hurricane Ike. While the dam was still standing, Commissioner Willis took steps to preserve the dam by securing funding, but ran into opposition with the previous county judge, and ultimately, costed too much time as the dam eventually gave way in February of 2010. The massive chasm left by the destroyed dam divided the subdivision. The division often costed emergency personnel like sheriff's deputies, fire rescue, and ambulances precious time when a simple bridge would join the two sides. When deputies were dispatched to Wild Country, they would have to ask which side the situation was on (the 146 entrance? or the FM-2610 entrance?). Willis vowed to have a bridge built if it was the last thing he ever did. Under Willis' leadership with the support of a motivated property owners association, a government grant was secured and a very nice strong bridge was built by Longview Bridge, once again, uniting the long divided subdivision.
Wild Country had their own humble little parade to celebrate the bridge opening.
Commissioner Bob Willis cuts the ceremonial ribbon as he's joined by residents of Wild Country, and POA members.
A view of what was once a lake provided nice scenery for property owners, but the lake drained when the dam failed. According to POA members, they will work to construct a dam and restore their lake.
Youngsters and their dogs play below the newly constructed bridge.
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