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Published June 21, 2010, 08:51 PM

More Problems for Devils Lake

Heavy rain-fall in the Lake Region is creating many problems.

Heavy rain-fall in the Lake Region is creating many problems.

Devils Lake and the surrounding areas are at the hands of mother nature, for now.

City officials have a solution, drain some water, but getting that done isn't that simple.

But until water is drained, emergency responders will also have some troubles.

Stress, Frustration, and Anger are three things that can be seen on the face of anyone dealing with the waters of Devils Lake.

Tim Heisler: “We don't need help in the Devils Lake Area in a couple of weeks or several months, we need help now.

City officials called an emergency meeting today because after last nights heavy rain fall, things are going to get more complicated.

“We're seeing several hundred thousand dollars worth of damage every time we have a storm.”

Emergency responders are having a hard time getting to calls because as the waters rise, roads go under, 25 reported today.

The heavy vehicles that are used to save lives can not travel roads that can't handle their weight.

And until some money comes in, city officials aren't sure what to do.

“We're waiting for the federal government to pass a certain bill so we can move forward with a lot of FEMA road projects.”

A small group is being formed so that action can be taken now.

As this group works, they hope mother nature doesn't.

“We've been dealing with this for so long and how much more can our community handle, and take and build up and spend to save our community. It's a tough one."

Officials have been in contact with the National Guard and there has been talk of having a helicopter on stand by but issues such as availability and money are slowing things down.

There has also been water flowing over highway 2 near Penn since early this morning.

The highway patrol has been monitoring the situation and asks drivers to slow down. At one point, the water in the east bound lane was six inches deep.