Storm damage on Hamilton Street shuts down Courtland intersection

The Hamilton and Alabama Street intersection in downtown Courtland remained barricaded Tuesday after a sinkhole was discovered in the area last week. Mayor Linda Peebles said maintenance crews determined the area was still not suitable for traffic and the intersection will remain closed until further notice. 

A portion of Hamilton Street in Courtland remained closed on Tuesday after road crews filled a sinkhole near the Alabama Street intersection last week, according to Mayor Linda Peebles.

“We are monitoring it for a few more days to make sure it is safe for traffic,” Peebles said Tuesday morning. 

She said the sinkhole was discovered at the intersection near the Courtland Post Office after heavy rains swept through the town last Monday and Tuesday following Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in southern Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane. 

She said town maintenance crews barricaded the area, dugout the sinkhole and filled it with gravel on Friday.

After crews reassessed the area early this week, Peebles said the intersection would remain closed until further notice. 

In the meantime, Peebles said Courtland residents may access the post office and surrounding area using other routes downtown.

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