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Published February 23, 2011, 08:35 PM

Devils Lake Safety Questions Answered at Flood Coordination Meeting

Senator John Hoeven and Army Corps of Engineers General Michael Walsh alleviated some of Devils Lake local leaders' concerns about the immediate future of flood-stricken Devils Lake Wednesday.

Senator John Hoeven and Army Corps of Engineers General Michael Walsh alleviated some of Devils Lake local leaders' concerns about the immediate future of flood-stricken Devils Lake Wednesday.

Going into spring flooding in the Devils Lake Basin leaves everyone with concerns, but at Wednesday's meeting, Mayor Dick Johnson made the comment that the city is in a position to survive because of the projects being done.

"We have to be ready. That means raising the levees, strengthening the roads, raising the roads in some places, again, on the reservation as well as in the Lake Region, in and around Devils Lake," Senator John Hoeven said.

Construction is currently proceeding to raise and extend the existing embankments protecting the city, which includes construction of new pump stations.

The embankment will provide an additional six feet of protection, rising from an elevation of 1460 feet to 1466.

The total length of embankments will be extended from approximately eight miles to 12 miles.

The total cost of the project is $150 million and although many projects won't be completed until 2012, communication about them is key.

"To make sure that those core resources are in here, giving us the help we need to prepare for spring flooding," Hoeven said.

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