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Published December 03, 2012, 03:34 PM

Officials Examine Devils Lake Flood Prevention Measures

The rising water on Devils Lake has caused millions of dollars in damage over the last two decades. Now state leaders are discussing how that water could cause damage downstream now that it's being pumped off the lake.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The rising water on Devils Lake has caused millions of dollars in damage over the last two decades. Now state leaders are discussing how that water could cause damage downstream now that it's being pumped off the lake.

Pumping water off of Devils Lake carries with it the risk of damaging everything downstream from farmland to roads. Water pumped from Devils Lake has caused rural roads to close and has entrenched on property along the Sheyenne River. The state has a mitigation plan in place to repay landowners who have been affected by higher water flows caused by the pumps. So far the state is working with a half-dozen land owners along the Sheyenne to repay them for damaged land. State leaders say that number could have easily been higher, but the flow of the Sheyenne was so low this year the additional outlet water didn't cause an overflow.

The two Devils Lake outlets can release 600 cubic feet of water per second. The state's goal is to keep the flow of the Sheyenne River under 800 cubic feet. The mitigation payments the state has made so far have been relatively small, just $10,000-30,000 each.

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