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Published June 19, 2013, 06:05 PM

Lake Region residents tour flood damage, prevention efforts

The east end outlet on Devils Lake is finally running this summer, as locals got a crash course Wednesday in everything the state is doing to fight the long-running flood. About 40 people from Devils Lake and downstream areas toured damage caused by the water, along with what's being done to reverse the damage.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The east end outlet on Devils Lake is finally running this summer, as locals got a crash course Wednesday in everything the state is doing to fight the long-running flood. About 40 people from Devils Lake and downstream areas toured damage caused by the water, along with what's being done to reverse the damage.

The tour was open to the public. People learned about the Devils Lake city embankment, as well as the city's new water treatment plant. They also got a close-up look at the east end outlet, which went online Tuesday afternoon. The tour was a good opportunity for downstream people to see how the water has damaged the Lake Region. The hope is that the tour will help alleviate concerns about Devils Lake being pumped downstream. The east end outlet is only pumping 150 cubic feet of water per second from the lake -- well below its capacity -- because the Sheyenne River continues to run high. Local water officials hope that the outlets can combine with mother nature to remove about two feet of water off of Devils Lake by freezeup.

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