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Published January 27, 2011, 12:24 PM

Latest Devils Lake Flood Outlook Brings No Good News

The latest National Weather Service spring flood outlook for Devils Lake shows about a 70 percent chance the lake will rise 3 feet higher than its current level.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — The latest National Weather Service spring flood outlook for Devils Lake shows about a 70 percent chance the lake will rise 3 feet higher than its current level.

City of Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson tells KZZY that being another month closer to the spring melt makes it more likely the outlook on Thursday will be accurate.

The lake is almost certain to surpass the record of 1,452.05 feet set last June. On Thursday it was at 1,451.7 feet.

The lake has been bloated by almost two decades of wet weather, rising nearly 30 feet and quadrupling in size since 1993. It's caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

Johnson says city leaders plan to meet with Corps of Engineers officials on Feb. 8 to talk about protection measures.

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