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Published August 22, 2011, 08:00 PM

ND Counties Associations Get First-hand Look at Devils Lake Flooding

Ramsey County commissioners shared some flood-related concerns with a few state organizations Monday. The commissioners gave the North Dakota Association of Counties and County Commissioners Association a first-hand look at flooding and also asked for some help.

By: Dantae Anderson, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND - Ramsey County commissioners shared some flood-related concerns with a few state organizations Monday.

The commissioners gave the North Dakota Association of Counties and County Commissioners Association a first-hand look at flooding and also asked for some help.

"We need to get them up here, which we were able to do today, and show them what's really going on in Ramsey County and the Devils Lake Basin because we need all the help we can pull together," Ramsey County commissioner Joe Belford said.

The North Dakota Association of Counties and the North Daktoa County Commissioners Association go on a tour every year and on Monday they got a full dose of Devils Lake flooding.

"We all face a lot of the same problems, just different degrees but this water is a particularly tough issue I think," ND Association of Counties President Jane Amundson said.

Amundson has been exposed to the Devils Lake flooding issue before.

"We've been around Joe (Belford) for quite a while. He always brings maps, shows us stuff, but there is something different from looking at maps and different colors to actually seeing the land, the houses, and the water," Amundson said.

"Makes it a lot more personal," ND Association of Counties Executive Director Terry Traynor said.

That's exactly what Belford was hoping for.

"Some of the people who were here today are our lobbyists in Bismarck," Belford said.

Ramsey County is constantly fixing roads due to flooding and losing taxation as water swallows land.

This adds strain on the county's budget because fewer tax dollars are flowing in and fixing flooded roads means more spending.

Commissioners hope the groups can lower the interest rate on a state loan to help fix roads.

"If you could talk to these people and help us in any way and get that interest rate reduced," Ramsey County commissioner Ed Brown said.

"It's hard to believe what's going on in our area," Belford said.

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