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Published April 03, 2013, 04:32 PM

Weekend weather could mean trouble for Devils Lake flood outlook

The weather heading into the weekend could make an already grim flood forecast even worse for Devils Lake. Warm temperatures and rain could expedite the spring run-off, creating a sudden influx of water that could cause some serious damage.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The weather heading into the weekend could make an already grim flood forecast even worse for Devils Lake. Warm temperatures and rain could expedite the spring run-off, creating a sudden influx of water that could cause some serious damage.

National weather service projections already say the lake is likely to rise at least two feet this summer. But a forecast for weekend rain means much of the snow pack could wash into the lake sooner than expected. Rain and warm temperatures make for severe runoff, which water experts warn could swallow up farmland and rural roads. The problem is that the ground is largely still frozen, which means it can't absorb moisture as it melts.

Jeff Frith, Devils Lake Basin Joint Board: "When you get rain on top of that frozen soil there's nowhere for that moisture to go other than come down to the lake here and have a much more rapid rise than what we would like to see.'

The National Resources Conservation Service in Devils Lake says there are resources to help rural farmers with flooded land and roads, like temporary drains to clear roads. An updated National Weather Service flood outlook that will include this weekend's expected rain should be released Thursday.

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