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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Flood solutions entity to meet in Devils Lake

  • The Devils Lake Executive Committee (DLEC), formed to help find solutions to Devils Lake flooding, will meet July 16 at 1 p.m. in the basement meeting room of the Ramsey County Courthouse.
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  • The Devils Lake Executive Committee (DLEC), formed to help find solutions to Devils Lake flooding, will meet July 16 at 1 p.m. in the basement meeting room of the Ramsey County Courthouse.
    The committee is made up of local, state and federal entities involved in the multifaceted fight to find solutions for the Devils Lake’s continually rising lake and the many repercussions of those solutions.
    Present at the meeting will be Governor Jack Dalrymple, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, representatives of Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven’s office, Congressman Cramer’s office, the Spirit Lake Nation, Federal Highway Administration, US Geological Survey, ND Water Commission, ND Game and Fish, ND Dept. of Health, ND National Guard, Mayor of Devils Lake Dick Johnson, Mayor of Valley City Bob Werkhoeven, Mayor of Minnewaukan Myron Jury, Ramsey and Nelson County commissioners, EPA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS, NOAA and National Weather Service and ND Dept. of Emergency Services.
    The meeting is scheduled to last until 4:30 p.m. and will cover a number of reports and topics including the status of active action items and closing remarks from DLEC members.
    It is this committee that drafted a report about what to do with Devils Lake including building the East End Outlet, control structure at the Tolna Coulee and expanding the West End Outlet.
    They’ve been challenged by landowners of inundated land to come up with compensation for those whose land has become a reservoir storing floodwaters. Meanwhile those living downstream have also challenged the group to protect their interests.
    Devils Lake has risen continually since 1993 and the federal government has spent nearly $2 billion on the 20-year fight that included raising the protective embankment around the city, raising state and tribal roads and mitigating losses of property and land.

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