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Published April 05, 2012, 05:36 PM

West-end Devils Lake Outlet Up and Running

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The west-end pump on Devils Lake is pumping water off the lake sooner than ever before. But there's not as much water rushing through the outlet as there could be. The west-end outlet may be operational, but it's only pumping at half-capacity.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The west-end pump on Devils Lake is pumping water off the lake sooner than ever before.

But there's not as much water rushing through the outlet as there could be. The west-end outlet may be operational, but it's only pumping at half-capacity.

At least the outlet is running. Ramsey County Commissioner Joe Belford says that's better than nothing.

"Well I think it's a start. I wish all the pumps were running, but I know they had some repairs then we'll include it in addition to the ones on the east side," Belford said.

The outlet started pumping water Monday to bring some flood relief to Lake Region residents.

The pump station brings the water to a canal where it flows 10 miles until it reaches the Sheyenne River.

Only 125 cubic feet of water per second are being pumped from the lake. The outlet's full capacity is 250 CFS. Two other pumps at the outlet are being repaired in California. The west-end outlet is the only one of three outlets functioning at the moment.

"I think the next step for flood response is we gotta get all the state's outlets operational. We gotta move a quickly as possible so we can get some water off the lake," Belford said.

The outlets have far-reaching support, even to Washington, D.C.

"I've been a big supporter of outlets. Years ago, we got a federal outlet approved that the state decided not to proceed with at the time. I've always regretted that they didn't proceed," Sen. Kent Conrad said.

Conrad says he's happy with any help the outlets provide in the fight against the flood.

"This is a move in the right direction. I'm delighted that we've got these coming along," Conrad said.

Representatives with the State Water Commission say the two pumps were supposed to be repaired by the first of April, but the repairs got delayed.

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