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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Torrential downpour hits the Lake Region with flash flooding

  • Although the Devils Lake area experienced a significant amount of rainfall Tuesday evening, it would have to be 10 times what the area received to concern Devils Lake City engineer Mike Grafsgaard.

     


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  • Although the Devils Lake area experienced a significant amount of rainfall Tuesday evening, it would have to be 10 times what the area received to concern Devils Lake City engineer Mike Grafsgaard.
    “The Devils Lake embankment is built well in excess of a 100-year flood event,” he said.
    “The city’s storm sewer system is built to handle a 10-year rain event but the dike is designed and built with much more stringent requirements.”
    He said the flooding the area saw Tuesday evening was problematic because it sets back the construction being done all around the city, including the work that continues on the embankment, but he’s not concerned one bit about the integrity of the dike or the city’s protection.
    Several areas of the city experienced street flooding in the heavy downpour that brought an estimated 2.71 inches of rain to the city’s airport, according to Vince Goden from the National Weather Service out of Grand Forks.
    He said from the looks of it on the radar the “Highway 2 corridor really got hammered.”
    They have networks of automated guages as well as a co-op of observers, however no observers from the Devils Lake Basin area had called in as of 9 a.m. this morning. He did say that Starkweather reported only a reading of .21 inches and Michigan .67. The automated guage at the Devils Lake Regional Airport had a reading of 2.71 as of 7:30 a.m.
    For more photos from this event, go to "Photos" on this website.

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