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Published September 28, 2010, 05:43 PM

Pumps Not a Solution For Devils Lake Flooding

Some questions are being raised in the Lake Region about some pumps that were supposed to be used to drain the Great Salt Lake. Residents are wondering if they could be used to help with the flooding of Devils Lake.

When homes were in danger of being flooded by the Great Salt Lake, a $70 million pump system was built to protect them.

When the lake began to recede, these pumps were no longer needed. They actually were never used, but still they cannot be used to solve Devils Lake's problem.

The flooding in Devils Lake is a huge problem but these pumps are even too big for discharges from the lake.

And the pumps that were to be used for the Great Salt Lake sat idle for so long that the salt eventually took over and they rusted.

If a controlled outlet were to be built, there wouldn't even be a need for the pumps because water would just flow.

Ramsey County Commissioner Joe Belford told us today that "we would have probably been struggling to find a channel that could have handled that kind of flow, but nevertheless we did check on it."

Belford and Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson met with Governor Hoeven on Saturday and talked about the recent emergency declaration.

They say Hoeven supports the Lake Region in the decision.

The Devils Lake City Commission is also holding a special meeting on Thursday to review flooding issues with their legal council.