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Published September 29, 2009, 04:27 PM

Corps Of Engineers Officials Tour Devils Lake

Officials from the Corps of Engineers were in Devils Lake today for a tour. They met with city leaders and saw first hand why the high water is such a serious problem.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Officials from the Corps of Engineers were in Devils Lake today for a tour. They came to hear the latest on the embankment raise...as not everyone in the Corps has seen the swollen lake or the dam protecting it.

Officials met with city leaders and saw first hand why the high water is such a serious problem. During their visit to the area... they saw the Devils Lake outlet...Stump Lake park...and the Tolna Coulee.

The Corps is working with the City of Devils Lake on the embankment raise. It's looking to get Phase 1 signed off on this fall so work can start on pump stations.

Division Commander Michael Walsh says trying to design the project in this area and environment is challenging for engineers, so they needed to see it.

"Many of the embankments look like dams and need to be treated as dams. Some parts of these embankments also look like and act like levees," said Division Commander Michael J. Walsh of the Mississippi Valley Division.

Phase one is expected to cost about 25-million dollars.

The entire project may cost more than 1-hundred million dollars.

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