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County Battle for Road Repair Funds

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Many county roads across the state are still submerged in several feet of water and local officials want them taken care of immediately.

Today state officials, including FEMA, North Dakota Emergency Services and Major General David Sprynczynatyck gathered to clear the air of any issues.

The governor is requesting declaration of disasters for anyone effected by flooding during the spring months.

FEMA decided to split possible funding into two disasters funds rather than one large assessment..

The first flood event ranges from April 22nd to May 17th.

Any damages that occurred during that time period will be sectioned into the first event.

Damages that occurred from May 17th to June 12th will fall in the second class of events.

While some were satisfied with the decision to break the flood into two events, others were not.

(Jerome Gruenberg, Ward County Commissioner) "That's two different events. That river never went down. It's still running! It's still running! So How do you determine which happened on the first and which happened on the second. Because I can tell you on the second one that river was this close to going over the banks."

(Dana Larsen, County Engineer) "What are our options here? I think we better know, if there is not a chance, be honest with us then we need to make other arrangements. If there is a chance that's fine, but let's start on that immediately and make it a priority since it takes so long to get through them."

It was also determined that Rice Lake will be considered as a subdivision of the possible relief money.

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