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Funding for Gravel Roads in McKenzie County

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Federal aid is on the way to help McKenzie County officials repair hundreds of miles of damaged gravel road.

McKenzie County officials met with FEMA representatives three weeks ago in an attempt to garner federal funding to repair damaged gravel roads.

On Friday, President Obama announced that Federal Disaster Aid is officially on the way.

 

     "It is what we were looking for," said Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson. "Any assistance we can get from FEMA obviously is going to help."

 

FEMA will send a project officer to the county on July 29th for an applicant briefing. That officer will eventually play a key role in determining how much of the state-wide funding ends up in McKenzie County.

 

     "We are expecting more funding in our county because we are obviously the largest county in the state." said Samuelson.

 

Samuelson says his job will be to convince the official from FEMA that these roads were damaged by heavy rainfall...and not just by heavy trucks

 

     "We're saying that we've never had this much rain. Our normal rainfall is probably 5 to 8 inches, and we had 10 inches in two weeks time. So that's not normal. So yes, you put that amount of traffic on saturated roads, its going to exasperate the problem that we have."

 

Trucker Ernie Carrasco says better gravel roads would make his life a lot easier.

 

     "The roads are not too good, if you have nice roads and we drive safely and slow, we're going to be better off."

 

County officials say 50 million dollars of repairs are needed. They haven't received any possible numbers from FEMA, but they hope the dollar amount is substantial.

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