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Published September 23, 2010, 05:45 PM

Devils Lake Declares State of Emergency

The city is asking for support in building a controlled structure at the east end of Devils Lake and an upgrade at the west-end outlet.

A joint meeting of the Devils Lake city commission and the Ramsey County commission was held Thursday to discuss what can be done now that an Inter-agency Report has been delayed in Washington.

The commission chamber was packed with residents of Devils Lake and Ramsey County who want to know what exactly is going to happen.

An emergency declaration was read by Mayor Dick Johnson.

The city is asking for the Governor's support in building a controlled structure at the east end of Devils Lake and also an upgrade at the west-end outlet to increase capacity.

No specific site was named in the declaration.

Commissioners and District 15 representatives agreed that both the city, county, and state, need to work together to get something done soon.

Mayor Dick Johnson pinpointed Thursday's rainfall as just one of the reasons why something needs to be done now.

"We can't tolerate that so we need to move water and I think this is the first step to getting some teeth into something to make that happen," Johnson said.

The emergency declaration comes just days after the Federal Task Force Report was scheduled to be out.

Now it could take up to 120 days before the Federal government comes out with their suggestions.

Ramsey County is also writing its own declaration to be sent to Governor Hoeven.

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