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County Roads Suffering in High Water

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Relentlessly rising water is consuming homes around Rice Lake.

And at the same time, county and township roads in that part of Ward County are suffering from the water table.

County Engineer Dana Larsen told county commissioners today that there are more than a dozen sites on county roads where water is encroaching or eroding the road-bed.

And two other spots where roads are closed with water over them.

He gave commissioners a map showing the cluster of problems in the Rice Lake area and said the water level has risen about one foot over the winter.

(Dana Larsen, Ward County Engineer) "Everything is in this prairie pothole region and it's all full. You can see Rice Lake here, we've heard about them on the news and it continues to come up and it's aquifer-driven, it's sloughs flowing into other sloughs - they're connecting."

Larsen said the problems are also mounting on township roads.

There is some hope for disaster funding to help with repair costs, but the application process has yet to begin.

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