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Published February 14, 2013, 03:27 PM

Devils Lake Officials Encouraged by Flood Fight Progress, Still Urge It's Not Over

The last year has seen some encouraging signs in the two-decade long Devils Lake flood fight, but local water experts are stressing to state leaders that the problem is far from over.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The last year has seen some encouraging signs in the two-decade long Devils Lake flood fight, but local water experts are stressing to state leaders that the problem is far from over.

Local officials met with state legislators in Bismarck this week to offer an update on the flood fight. It's part of the legislature's "water days" program. This is the first time in years that local officials have encouraging news for state leaders.

The lake is down more than three feet from its all-time high, and large projects like the outlets and Devils Lake city dike are largely completed. The only action the legislature took was to allocate $10 million to pay for electricity to run the outlets. But local officials warn that the lake issue isn't completely resolved yet. They say they're discussing asking the state to create a third outlet where the control structure is on the Tolna Coulee, but that it's too early to tell if that will happen. The National Weather Service is expected to release a 2013 flooding forecast for Devils Lake in about a week.

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