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Published March 02, 2010, 08:26 AM

Devils Lake State of Emergency

The Devils Lake City Commission has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of another summer of flooding in the region.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - The Devils Lake City Commission has

declared a state of emergency in anticipation of another summer of

flooding in the region.

The National Weather Service says the lake is almost certain to

reach a record level again this summer.

Commissioners worry the lake will continue to rise until it

overflows naturally into the Sheyenne River. They have directed

city staff to draft a letter to send to those downstream about the

need to get the state to come up with a plan for addressing that

possibility.

The lake would overflow naturally at 1,458 feet. It is not

expected to reach that level this summer.

Devils Lake has more than tripled in size since the early 1990s

because of a series of wet years, causing hundreds of millions of

dollars in damage.

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