Lake region water could rise as early as the weekendThe effects of flooding could be felt in the Lake Region as soon as this weekend when temperatures are expected to reach into the 60s. That warm weather will hasten the spring melt, leaving rural roads vulnerable.
By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ
The effects of flooding could be felt in the Lake Region as soon as this weekend when temperatures are expected to reach into the 60s. That warm weather will hasten the spring melt, leaving rural roads vulnerable.
Local officials say they're expecting spring flooding to be nearly at bad as it was two years ago, when Devils Lake reached record levels. More than two feet of water are expected to pour into the lake this spring, likely starting in the next few days. That was can cause a host of problems, from swallowing farmland to cutting off road access. The Ramsey County highway department is preparing sandbags for flooded roads and the rural fire department is working to ensure emergency access to rural homes. Those agencies only have a short time to prepare for oncoming flood waters.
Kristen Nelsen, Ramsey County Emergency Manager: "It'll significantly start to melt things at a rapid pace. We'll probably begin to see a lot of overland flooding beginning today through Saturday/Sunday."
Mostly rural roads will be affected, but officials say there's a chance some highways throughout Ramsey County could be affected. The damage should be contained to rural roads. The city of Devils Lake itself is protected by dikes and embankments.