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Published February 21, 2013, 03:31 PM

Devils Lake Hears Flood Predictions

While the flood outlook for Devils Lake isn't optimistic, it's better than many expected. The National Weather Service predicts lake levels at the end of the year will be about what they are right now.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

While the flood outlook for Devils Lake isn't optimistic, it's better than many expected. The National Weather Service predicts lake levels at the end of the year will be about what they are right now.

Thursday's projections show spring runoff raising lake levels about a foot and a half. The two Devils Lake outlets are expected to run the entire season for the first time, which should help bring lake levels back to where they are now by freeze-up. Local officials were hoping to continue the momentum from last year when three feet of water disappeared from the lake. They're still hoping to lose more water this year. Officials say the best bet to do that is to start removing water from the lake as soon as possible. The expected rise this spring won't endanger the city of Devils Lake, but it could affect farmers who regained land last year.

Local officials also say spring precipitation will play a large role in how far the lake rises. The National Weather Service is predicting a slightly wetter than average spring.

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