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County Moves on Road Fix

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The impact of county-wide flooding reaches far beyond the cost of repairs: from the inconvenience of a muddy road home, to the financial impact of unplanted 'water-locked' acres, to the danger of emergency services unable to reach farmers.

The Ward County Commission acknowledged today that the high water is not a township problem, but a county problem.

They will be looking into township-road funding options available through the Department of Emergency Services.

One township representative addressed the Ward County Commission today about access to his farm.

"Two years ago, a neighbor, Leon's tractor had a fire in it, we called the fire department. Well, it's a good thing they were able to get their own fire out because the fire department couldn't find a way in there."

"I need access to my farm. We've been driving across the field, this is the third year. I've got land there that I pay taxes on, I have no fire protection, I have no ambulance protection. We just need a road."

(John Feldahl, Ward County Commissioner) "This is something that also needs to be explained to DES. I know their policy says that they don't deal with that, but there's no funding out there, township wise, to address this. We need to be able to get people some answers. It puts zero value on that land, production wise and it's not being taxed that way."

The Ward County Commission has extended an invitation to Major General David Sprynczynatyk --- Director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services.

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