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Published April 15, 2010, 08:52 PM

Study: DL Flooding Costs Local Economy Millions

Data from the North Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service was used to determine the impact Devils Lake flooding has had on the Ramsey and Benson county economies. The estimated total loss of revenue per year is over $22 million dollars.

Data from the North Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service was used to determine the impact Devils Lake flooding has had on the Ramsey and Benson county economies.

The estimated total loss of revenue per year is over $22 million dollars. The data used to determine this number is from the North Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service. They looked at acreage and yield for major crops in the two counties.

Bob Weed is co-owner of Laugsand Ranch in Ramsey county, and he expects to lose some of his land as the lake rises.

Bob Weed/ Ranch Owner: "It's going to be detrimental to the rancher and the crop farmer because of the fact that they wont have the acres to cover their cost, and there's a lot of loss already in these two counties."

Weed says land is just as important as the crops or animals on a ranch or farm.

Bob Weed/Ranch Owner: "Well if you don't have the property, the income is a loss. A big loss and that's how we operate, we have to have income in order to make this ranch produce."

The flood's total impact on business activity in the region is estimated at a loss of over $83 million dollars. Along with that, an estimated 530 jobs have been lost.

Bill Hodous /Ramsey County Extension Agent: "That's pretty devastating for Ramsey county and the immediate area, because you're taking not only farm workers away because of lost jobs on the farm but also the economic impact of the urban communities."

The lake is expected to rise almost 2 feet this year and as it rises, more land and roads will be covered with water.

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