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Published July 26, 2009, 07:42 AM

Residents deal with flooded roads for several months

Pelican Rapids, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Serious problems for people living near Pelican Rapids, water is covering the road along Highways 108 and 30, forcing people to take detours for the last three months. Flooding from lakes has overflowed, spilling onto the roads and making travel difficult or even impossible. WDAY 6 Reporter Christina Vaughn talked with some frustrated people who live nearby.

By: Christina Vaughn, WDAY

Pelican Rapids, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Serious problems for people living near Pelican Rapids, water is covering the road along Highways 108 and 30, forcing people to take detours for the last three months. Flooding from lakes has overflowed, spilling onto the roads and making travel difficult or even impossible. WDAY 6 Reporter Christina Vaughn talked with some frustrated people who live nearby.

On a small stretch of Highway 108, in Norwegian Grove Township, driving is difficult to say the least.

“It’s a big pain; we have to go around this road most of the time.”

It's not uncommon to see water spilled over from the lakes, but with so much rain this past fall, the snow, and the flood, people here say this is the worst it's ever been.

“One other time, a couple of years ago, it came up, after all of this spring, just very high.”

This road has already been raised a foot, but in order to fix this flooding, it has to be raised another two feet, but all of that won't happen until September.

“Everyone’s wondering why it's taking so long to fix it.”

Nearby on County Road 30, it's even worse, drivers can't even try to brave it through the water. Penny Brynildson starts her new job at MSCTC in Moorhead tomorrow; she'll have to take a major detour to get to town.

“I clocked it the other day and it's about 8 to 10 extra miles for me.”

She doesn't mind the extra time on the trip. What bothers her is she hasn't heard any ideas for fixing the on going problem.

“I see the county truck go by every once in a while, they're checking it out.”

But Brynildson hopes county leaders come up with a solution soon so her lifeline to Fargo-Moorhead opens soon. Bryndilson says people have slowed down on the road making it a safer summer.

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