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Published February 17, 2011, 02:34 PM

Record Level Still Expected for Devils Lake

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

By: Associated Press,

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

The lake on Thursday was at 1,451.7 feet above sea level, less than half a foot below the record of 1,452.05 feet set last June. The lake that has been bloated by nearly two decades of wet weather is almost certain to surpass that mark this year.

The lake has risen nearly 30 feet and quadrupled in size since 1993, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

The lake was about 70 square miles in 1993. University of North Dakota geography professor Paul Todhunter has said a 3-foot rise this year could push the lake past 300 square miles.

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