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Published October 24, 2011, 08:13 PM

'Our Infrastructure is Going to Pieces;' Road Worries Continue in Lake Region

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - Paying for road work is a big concern for Ramsey County commissioners.

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - Paying for road work is a big concern for Ramsey County commissioners.

On Monday, they met with District 15 legislators to review the expensive road work.

Last year, Ramsey County had to borrow $1 million for three road projects and this year it tacked on another $2 million for five road projects.

Ramsey County will receive federal funds to help with the road projects, but that money might take more than a year to come in.

"Our entire county infrastructure is going to pieces," Ramsey County commissioner Scott Diseth said.

Local officials from District 15 gathered to express the financial hardships the region faces because of flooding.

"Townships, counties, everybody is to where they've spent all their reserves and they need all the help they can get," Ramsey County highway superintendent Kevin Fieldsend said.

Local officials say the financial help they've gotten isn't enough. And some projects in the area don't qualify for the help because it's not technically lake water.

"With high water table you've got a lot more than just the lake situation to deal with. Towner, Benson, Ramsey, and Nelson everybody around the lake it isn't continuous to the lake as far as inundated roads," District 15 representative Dennis Johnson said.

The county continues to lose taxable acres to the lake every year…that makes it hard to pay back bonds.

"We can go out and borrow it but I really don't know if we can pay it back," Diseth said.

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