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Published August 02, 2010, 10:23 AM

Devils Lake Outlet Could Buy Time

State officials say an outlet on Devils Lake is pumping more floodwaters into the Sheyenne River, helping buy time until a permanent solution is found.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - State officials say an outlet on Devils Lake is pumping more floodwaters into the Sheyenne River, helping buy time until a permanent solution is found.

The outlet is pumping at about 2 1/2 times the original volume because of new equipment and new water quality standards approved by the state. If the pump can keep working at full capacity, officials say it could lower the lake by as much as a foot.

Devils Lake has been flooding for nearly two decades because of a series of wet years, rising nearly 30 feet and quadrupling in size since 1993. It now is just 6 feet from an uncontrolled spill into the Sheyenne River.

A federal task force convened by the White House at the urging of North Dakota's congressional delegation faces an early September deadline to deliver recommendations to prevent a spillover.

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