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Northern Counties Battle Water

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There's just too much water.

That's the lament of many people in Renville and Bottineau Counties today after a weekend that brought five, six, even seven inches of rain -- or more!

It meant lots of work today -- as even more rain was falling.

Perry Olson reports.

 (Perry Olson - KX News) "Both Bottineau and Renville Counties have been dealing with water issues for months and even years now...and what happened this weekend has only made it worse." (Rich Gimbel - Bottineau Co. Road Superintendent) "Antler area 7 to 8 inches...into the hills in the Bottineau area 5 inches."

And that rain has made for many trouble areas -- Renville County crews were doing the same thing as Bottineau County crews this morning -- slicing open county roads to let massive amounts of water keep on flowing...

(Rich Gimbel - Bottineau Co. Road Superintendent) "The culverts just can't handle what's coming we have to cut the roads. (Rich Gimbel - Bottineau Co. Road Superintendent) "This is probably the 6th or 7th one that we have done from last night. Basically trying to keep the water away from these farmhouses. That is the only place we are cutting roads is where there is a house in jeopardy or something."

But this simple 15 minute or so process does deliver results...

(Rich Gimbel - Bottineau Co. Road Superintendent) "It drops 'er pretty good when we make the cut..."

The water was rushing where the road once was once the final slice was taken out the road...allowing for the water to keep moving -- elsewhere however...the water was rushing OVER the road...

(Perry Olson - KX News) "It is tough to imagine much worse than this. Winds are whipping close to 40 miles an hour, water blowing over Highway 246, creating issues for anyone who wants to drive on through it."

You could get through south of Antler -- carefully with slower speeds -- and that was the story elsewhere in this region. Water on state roads -- county roads -- township's making a mess and will cost a pretty penny too. In Bottineau County, Perry Olson, KX News. 


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