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Roads Flood In Divide County

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Recent rainstorms have been prevalent in Divide County. This past one had five-inches of rain, and it has affected residents all around the county.

Flooding has been an issue in Divide County this year, but the problem really started a couple years ago. In the fall of 2010, roads and many other things become flooded.

“April.” says Greg Jacobs a Divide County farmer. “And then in May, we ended up with 20 inches of rain in one month. It just ballooned into a big problem. We lost a fair amount of agricultural land to water.”

A farmer's most prized possession is their farmland, and in the Mentor township, Jacobs hasn't been able to grow crops on his land. This used to be a 150 acres of farmland, but now only 60 acres are unusable. Other farmers have faced similar problems.

“In our particular case, we have most of our farmland, we can't get to it. It's on the wrong side of some flooded roads," says Jody Gunlock the emergency manager for Divide County.

The extra water has helped the wildlife in the area, but not the drivers. This road is located in the Troy township and the water has caused the county to close it.

“We've gotten to the point where we have sloughs that are literally running over and then runs into another slough.” says Gunlock. “It's turning into a cascade effect, and it's really going into some of the larger sloughs and have flooded some major roads."

One of those roads is in the Border township, and it is also closed due to extra flooding. In the past couple years, the Federal Highway Administration helped fix some of the roads, but now they are flooded again.

“Some of oil companies come in and help build roads a little bit because that's their only chance at getting at some of these wells. We've gotten a little oil impact money, but it's nothing compared to what is needed to put these roads back in shape," says Jacobs.

Gunlock says the county commissioners have declared the flooding a county disaster and are now requesting the state do the same. She added if the state recognizes it as a disaster then they will have the opportunity to receive federal assistance to help with the problem.



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