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Published July 15, 2010, 09:33 AM

Devils Lake Flood Discussions

A National Weather Service meteorologist says the wet cycle that has plagued the flooded Devils Lake region for nearly two decades might just be starting.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - A National Weather Service meteorologist says the wet cycle that has plagued the flooded Devils Lake region for nearly two decades might just be starting.

Mark Ewens says federal agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are developing better models to more accurately predict the region's weather cycle. The latest estimates show at least a 70 percent chance the lake will continue its upward rise over the next 10 years.

Ewens spoke Wednesday during a meeting of state and local officials with members of a federal task force visiting the region. The group with representatives from several federal agencies was formed to tackle Devils Lake flooding. The lake has risen almost 30 feet since the early 1990s, quadrupling in size.

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