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Published November 15, 2011, 10:09 AM

Devils Lake Outlet Being Shut Down For Season

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's state engineer says the floodwater diversion outlet on Devils Lake took a couple of inches of water off the lake this year.

By: Associated Press,

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's state engineer says the floodwater diversion outlet on Devils Lake took a couple of inches of water off the lake this year.

The outlet on the lake's west side is being shut down because of the colder weather. State Engineer Todd Sando (SAN'-doh) tells KZZY radio that officials over the winter will decide how best to protect the outlet pumps from damage.

Three pumps were damaged last summer when they sucked in debris. The outlet ran at less than capacity for much of the season, but Sando says the amount of water moved off the flooded lake probably is the second-most since 2005. He estimates the amount at about 35,000 acre feet, or enough to cover about 55 square miles of land with water 1 foot deep.

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