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Published June 13, 2011, 05:09 PM

Dalrymple: Keep Downstream Interests in Mind When Dealing with Devils Lake Flooding

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple told the Devils Lake City Commission Monday that the state wants to help get water off of flooded Devils Lake, but added that everyone has to keep downstream interests in mind as well.

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple told the Devils Lake City Commission Monday that the state wants to help get water off of flooded Devils Lake, but added that everyone has to keep downstream interests in mind as well.

Dalrymple was a guest at the Commission's special meeting to discuss water issues before the Devils Lake Executive Committee meeting that started at 1 p.m.

"It's (flooding) a problem that's got to be solved and we're going to get it solved one way or another," Dalrymple said.

Earlier this month, local leaders sent Dalrymple a letter stating their opposition to plans for an east-end outlet and a control structure on the Tolna Coulee.

"There's been enough damage done in the Devils Lake area, not just to the residents for the basin, but to all the people downstream of Devils Lake who now are feeling a lot of anxiety about what is going to happen next," Dalrymple said.

The Devils Lake Executive Committee also met to do a final review of an action plan to take water off of Devils Lake.

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