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Heavy rains prompt county declaration to recoup cost for damaged roads

 

WALKER, Minn. — Cass County commissioners declared a state of emergency Tuesday, July 3, to make the county eligible for a 75 percent state reimbursement for the cost to repair flooded roads.

The most significant event occurred June 17, according to Emergency Services Director Chad Emery, but the state is leaving open eligible damages since that date, because heavy rains have continued to damage roads.

Emery said townships also qualify to participate in the county's declaration.

To qualify for state reimbursement, the county's damages must exceed $52,563.28 for the event on the declared date. So far county and township costs are at about $72,000, he said.

Lightning struck the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Spire Valley Hatchery at Remer, causing a well to fail. Their road also was damaged. The state, county and some townships also are assessing damages to roads.

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