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Published June 07, 2011, 05:26 PM

Devils Lake Leaders Against East-end Outlet

The Devils Lake City Commission sent North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple a letter stating that they oppose the current plans for an East-end Devils Lake outlet.

The letter to the governor states that the city opposed the current plan for the east-end outlet and the Ramsey County Commission agrees.

"We also feel that the east-end outlet is not the answer, it's not going to move enough water in the amount of time that we have left on the clock." Mark Olson, a Ramsey County Commissioner said.

The letter also states, "You have shown tremendous leadership, determination, and resolve to fight floods for citizens of Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, Valley City, and several other communities. OUR AREA IS FLOODING TOO, and we beg of you to show the same leadership, determination and resolve for the people of Devils Lake and Lake Region area." (The emphasis was in the original letter.)

The battle plan for the city is to get everyone affected by the flood to work together and get their voice heard, and so far it seems to be working.

"We're going to fight together that's for absolute sure and we're going to fight until it gets done right this time. We need massive amounts of water to move and we need it to move now," Olson said.

Many local leaders are concerned that if something doesn't happen this year, there could be serious consequences.

"We're just too full right now, we just can't go into another fall, another spring like we did this year," Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board Manager Jeff Frith said.

"We definitely need to figure something out before it runs over because when it does it's going to be catastrophic to everybody involved," Olson said.

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