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Published July 12, 2010, 09:44 AM

Federal Agency Group to Visit Devils Lake

Members of a federal group formed to tackle Devils Lake flooding problems will visit the region this week.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - Sen. Kent Conrad says members of a federal group formed to tackle Devils Lake flooding problems will visit the region this week.

The group has representatives from several federal agencies. It's tasked with devising a plan to deal with chronic flooding and the possibility that the rising lake might spill over naturally into the Sheyenne River and cause problems downstream.

Devils Lake has risen almost 30 feet since the early 1990s because of a series of wet years. It has quadrupled in size, flooded thousands of acres of farmland and made it necessary to raise roads throughout the region.

Conrad, D-N.D., held public hearings last week in Devils Lake and downstream on the Sheyenne in Valley City.

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