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Published March 07, 2013, 03:26 PM

Lake Level Outlook for Devils Lake Released

The lake level outlook for Devils Lake looks bleaker than it did two weeks ago thanks to Monday's snow storm. The new National Weather Service outlook predicts about a two-foot rise in the lake this year.

The lake level outlook for Devils Lake looks bleaker than it did two weeks ago thanks to Monday's snow storm. The new National Weather Service outlook predicts about a two-foot rise in the lake this year.

The last outlook two weeks ago predicted only a foot and a half rise in lake levels. The latest storm will also prolong the runoff period.

The most snow fell in the northern Devils Lake Basin, which will continue to drain into the lake throughout the summer. Water experts in Devils Lake say they were skeptical of the previous outlook, but say the latest storm is cause for concern.

Joe Belford, Red River Basin Commission: "I don't know for sure. I thought maybe they were a little bit off on their first projection. I didn't think it would bring the lake up two feet, but now with the additional snow that we just received up in the basin there, that's a very good possibility."

The National Weather Service predicts that evaporation and the two state outlets won't be enough to remove that much water from the lake this summer. The outlets won't be able to be turned on until levels in the Sheyenne River drop after the spring runoff.

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