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Published May 02, 2013, 03:38 PM

National Weather Service reduces Devils Lake predictions by 50 percent

The encouraging flood news has spread from the Red River Valley to the Devils Lake Basin. he National Weather Service reduced their lake level prediction by 50 percent.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The encouraging flood news has spread from the Red River Valley to the Devils Lake Basin. he National Weather Service reduced their lake level prediction by 50 percent.

Devils Lake is now only expected to rise about a foot and a half this year. That's compared with a more than two foot increase previously suggested. Devils Lake water resource board manager Jeff Frith says the new outlook looks better because this year's melt has been ideal. He says if spring temperatures were normal, water would rush into the lake instead of absorbing into the soil.

Frith: "It's May 2nd. We're barely 40 degrees, if that, and it's taking its sweet time to melt the snow. A lot of the coulees and culverts are still frozen."

Frith says with the new outlook, Devils Lake shouldn't permanently gain any water after evaporation and the two state outlets remove water this summer.

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