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Published June 22, 2010, 05:51 PM

Gov. Hoeven Visits Lake Region

Governor Hoeven made a special trip to the Lake region today to see the aftermath of yesterday's downpour.

Governor Hoeven made a special trip to the Lake region today to see the aftermath of yesterday's downpour.

City and County Officials tried to explain why there is a need of immediate help.

Sen. Nottestad "every body is affected.”

Mayor Dick Johnson "we're probably going to get awful close to 53. If we get dumped on again, we will."

And more water is not what residents in the Lake Region want.

Governor Hoeven spent time here today.

He witnessed, firsthand, some of the problems four inches of rain has caused the lake Region.

And once again, there is a realization that a solution to Devils Lake flooding is needed now.

Gov. Hoeven: "The key for all of these issues is that we need to move water out of the lake in an orderly way and that's what we're working to do."

The state is working to get more use out of the current west end outlet. There are efforts to speed up the flow of water through the outlet and to change the permit to allow it to run more often.

The governor is also being pressed to support an east end outlet...and he says federal money is needed to build up roads.

Gov. Hoeven: “I've been up here many times last year, this year and I'm going to continue to be here as we work on these things. But we're not waiting.”

Not waiting...is part of the solution residents of Devils Lake are looking for.

Mayor Johnson: "some things happening and it's positive and we could be just after we go up to 53, we could be five feet away from an overflow and thats not acceptable. It will do tremendous damage and we can't have that.”

Governor Hoeven has ordered a helicopter be stationed in Devils Lake for emergency situations.

He also toured Minnewauken and is working with city officials there on answers to the rising water.

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