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Published October 11, 2011, 09:28 PM

Townships in Devils Lake Basin Looking For More Road Funding Help

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - Townships in the Devils Lake basin are struggling to find money to pay for road repairs as taxable acres continue to go underwater.

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - Townships in the Devils Lake basin are struggling to find money to pay for road repairs as taxable acres continue to go underwater.

But on Tuesday, Township officials met with state and FEMA reps to try to get some extra help.

Lake Region Township officials are upset they haven't gotten the financial help they need to fix roads for residents.

"We're driving on black dirt. There's no gravel there's two of us that can drive into our yard. We have one more that is still having to go yet another field to get home, we have another resident that once they get to that point they are boating in," Pelican Township member Tammy Tollefson said.

But state officials say they need to know which roads are most important.

"What we don't have is what is at the end of the day that the county says is priority one, two, and three. That's what we've got to have," ND homeland security director Greg Wilz said.

To figure that out township officials, the state and FEMA representatives met throughout the day.

"We met one on one, we went through things methodically, we prioritized which roads were urgent. Very hopeful with come contractors in place we could see some road work begin done probably with another week," Tollefson said.

"We are in agreement as to what the priorities are for the roads up here in the Devils Lake basin," Wilz said.

The paperwork is in the hands of state officials who plan to process it as quickly as possible so the townships can get the funding they need.

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