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Forum News Service, Published June 10 2013

McKenzie County roads remain open despite rain

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – McKenzie County didn’t end up closing any roads over the weekend even though it rained in some parts of the county.

Jerry Samuelson, emergency manager, said some portions of the large county received little to no rain while it poured in some parts of the county.

“It was sporadic all over the county,” Samuelson said.

To prevent further damage to the roads, county commissioners had planned to close gravel roads to vehicles heavier than 20,000 pounds if it rained. But by the time county officials assessed all of the weather reports, vehicles were already out driving, Samuelson said.

County officials will revisit the issue and could close roads to heavy trucks in the future if the area receives an abnormal amount of rain, Samuelson said.