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Published April 13, 2012, 09:00 PM

'Mother Nature in Charge;' New Documentary Shows Struggle With Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Lake Region residents got the first look at a documentary from Prairie Public television showing their struggle against two decades of rising water.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Lake Region residents got the first look at a documentary from Prairie Public television showing their struggle against two decades of rising water.

Local groups kicked in $40,000 to finance the documentary, even though they had no editorial control over the product.

Those at the premiere already knew about the flooding and its devastating effects. They say this documentary is aimed at a much larger audience.

"Even though this piece is about you, many of you are featured in this. You're not the target audience for this piece. The target audience for this piece are people who don't have a concept," Prairie Public Executive Producer Bob Dambach said.

"Mother Nature In Charge: Devils Lake Life Stories" shows how water has ravaged everything from farmland to roads. The project was hatched 18 months ago when Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board Manager Jeff Frith contacted Prairie Public Television to produce a documentary. He's pleased with the outcome.

"It's a very emotional telling story from the perspective of the people who are living it," Frith said.

Lake Region residents agree after watching the show's premiere Thursday night.

Those profiled in the show say it's vital to share the story of Devils Lake.

"It's very important. We've spent in excess of a billion dollars, and it's taxpayer's dollars that have been spent and we need to tell them the story of where some of their tax dollars went," Ramsey County Commissioner Joe Belford said.

Devils Lake isn't like other areas that flood. The water doesn't go away once it comes.

"It's something that's unique to the Devils Lake area and if you're not living it, you're not feeling it, if you're not seeing it on a regular basis it's very difficult to understand," Frith said.

he goal is to spread understanding. Contributors like Ramsey County Commissioner Joe Belford think the show will prove popular enough to do just that.

"I think there will even be a demand for the DVDs from around the country because it tells a story. We got people here with relatives in the other part of the U.S. that are aware of this flood," Belford said.

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