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Published April 18, 2011, 07:13 PM

Devils Lake Keeps Rising

Rises of an inch per day expected
The outlook for Devils Lake is grim. The lake has gone up another foot since last fall and will continue to rise until its peak sometime in June.

The outlook for Devils Lake is grim. The lake has gone up another foot since last fall and will continue to rise until its peak sometime in June.

As of 7 p.m. Monday, the elevation of Devils Lake was 1452.66 ft. and officials say the lake will continue to rise about an inch a day.

Real-time gauges are online and are being monitored, but they don't bring any good news for the Devils Lake Basin.

"We just really, truly began our inflows a little over a week ago so it's going to continue and it's going to be a very difficult summer to say the least," Jeff Frith with the DL Basin Joint Water Resource Board said.

Many lakes in the Devils Lake Basin still have ice on them and the upper basin still contains quite a bit of snow pack, but the inflows to Devils Lake are already setting records.

"They blew them out of the water by 7-800 cfs so that's an awful lot of water and that's more water than there was coming in the spring of '09," Frith said.

As several rivers crest and go down across North Dakota, Devils Lake still has a long time before they'll see any relief from the lake.

"Probably six weeks away before we hit our peak, but there is an awful lot of water left to come in and we'll continue to see those rises in the lake until that subsides," Frith said.

And with record elevations and inflows, Frith says it's hard to predict anything for the Lake Region.

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