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Published December 09, 2010, 05:41 PM

Devils Lake Expected to Rise

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there is no doubt that Devils Lake is going to continue to rise. So, how is the Lake Region preparing for another year with high water?

According to the U.S. Geological Survey there is no doubt that Devils Lake is going to continue to rise.

So, how is the Lake Region preparing for another year with high water?

Although there is only a 50 percent chance the lake will hit 1452.5 feet next year, Mayor Dick Johnson says it's still the highest the lake has been, which is still a problem.

Devils Lake froze at about 1451 feet and peaked this year at 1452 feet.

Problems were seen throughout the Lake Region and Johnson says everyone is working as hard as they can to find a solution.

He says work has begun to secure an east end outlet and roads are already in the process of being raised along with the dike.

And with the word that the wet cycle the Lake Region is in will not end, Johnson says all they can really do is wait.

"In the spring is when it's really critical that we hopefully can get away from a lot of moisture," explained Johnson.

There is a 2% chance Devils Lake's elevation will reach 1456 feet, two feet from an uncontrolled spill out of the Tolna Coulee.

There is also a chance that these numbers could change before the spring melt.

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