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Cost to County Coming in High

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The damage done to roads just in Ward County, stemming from record rainfall this past month, has climbed into the millions of dollars and is continuing to mount.

Highway Engineer Dana Larson says if the County lumps all the damage done to just roads in May and early June, into one category, the price tag is about three-and-a-half to four million dollars.

Larson says the problem runs county wide.

He says water has been covering some paved county roads since 2009 and now others like County Road 14 are going under by a couple feet.

To the east a few miles county road 9-A is under about 4 feet of water.

Numerous places had culverts washed out or road damage from water flows.

Larson says county officials are reaching out to state and federal officials to find some funding to help with repair costs.

But because the damage is so wide-spread, they are prioritizing projects in order to keep routes and access open throughout the county.

(Dana Larsen, Ward County Highway Engineer) "The Federal Aid Routes we're putting together plans and probably putting out some quotes to start doing some emergency grade raises and finish doing those grade raises, you know the permanent projects later on.

Larson says recent road damage is piling up on previous years damages that weren't completed due to lack of funding.

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