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Published June 09, 2011, 06:04 PM

Inspections Begin for Ramsey County Roads

Ramsey county has started inspecting roads as part of the process to get federal funding assistance to fix them, but the inspections are only the start to a lengthy process.

The process to get federal assistance for roads, culverts and bridges is a lengthy one but a necessary evil if the county wants to get funding from FEMA.

FEMA will pay 75% of the eligible cost, with the state contributing 12.5% and county coming up with 7.5%. In order to get all the help possible from FEMA, Ramsey county has to follow the rules.

"We will come back to the office write the paperwork up, send it to Bismarck, Bismarck will review it and then it gets sent to Denver for final review," said Ramsey County Highway Superintendent Kevin Fieldsend.

Right now it is estimated that there are over 600 sites in Ramsey county that need repair, at an estimated cost of $4.5 million. With that many sites to inspect, county officials want to remind residents that it won't happen overnight.

"Just have to be patient and bear with us," Fieldsend said

Although steps are being taken to fix and assist flood victims, some residents are getting frustrated that it's taking so long.

"I quit thinking, the talk doesn't do you any good anymore," said Ken Hall, a Lakewood Resident.