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Published October 26, 2009, 02:33 PM

Devils Lake Outlet to be Shut Down

Equipment must be winterized before ice forms.

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's assistant Water Commission engineer says the state's Devils Lake outlet will be turned off for the year by the end of this week.

Todd Sando says the equipment must be winterized before ice forms.

He says major construction work is needed to get the outlet ready for next spring. Officials plan to boost the outlet's pumping capacity to 250 cubic feet per second, up from 100 cfs this year.

Sando said the outlet removed about 6,000 acre-feet of water off the flooded lake in September. That translates into about 4 tenths of an inch of water.

The outlet consists of 14 miles of open channels, pipes and pumping stations built to control the level of the lake, which has more than trippled in size since the 1990s after heavy rain and snow. The outlet pumps lake water into the Sheyenne River, a tributary of the Red River, which flows north into Lake Winnipeg.

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