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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Devils Lake flooding remains a concern on state, federal level

  • North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple was in Devils Lake on Wednesday afternoon and assured the large gathering at the Devils Lake Executive Committee meeting held in the basement of the Ramsey County Courthouse that he is as committed as ever to helping the residents of the area continue the 20+year flood fight.
    Devils Lake flooding is still considered an emergency.
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  • North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple was in Devils Lake on Wednesday afternoon and assured the large gathering at the Devils Lake Executive Committee meeting held in the basement of the Ramsey County Courthouse that he is as committed as ever to helping the residents of the area continue the 20+year flood fight.
    Devils Lake flooding is still considered an emergency.
    It was reported that both outlets on Devils Lake are now pumping at capacity, but because of heavy rainfall downstream, it has been a challenge to keep the pumps on. Without the pumps, however, where would the region be?
    Statements were made from a number of agencies represented including Eddie Belk, the programs director for the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Commission and Col. Dan Koprowski who commands the St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sen. Heitkamp and Hoeven’s offices were represented at the meeting, as well, and so was Rep. Kevin Cramer’s.
    Chairman Leander “Russ” McDonald represented the Spirit Lake Nation.
    The meeting was moderated by Renee Turner, Deputy Upper District Support Team, Mississippi Valley Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    Kristen Nelsen, Ramsey County Emergency Manager, reported that the Governor is as committed as ever to getting Lake Region farmland back into production and getting water off Devils Lake.
    Greg Gust from the U.S. Weather Service said that predictably late July, August and September have been the months when the most water is removed from the big lake due to evaporation. What is needed is some heat. 2013 was a record wet year in the state and 2014 looks to be similarly high, as well. Based on NOAA’s statistics Devils Lake reached a peak of 1453.4 feet MSL between June 29 and July 1, 2014. This is roughly one-half foot below last year’s peak.
    A quite warm and active weather pattern is expected for this coming weekend, otherwise the outlook for late summer and into early fall calls for continued cool conditions to start with, then moderating towards normal temperatures,with near normal precipitation.
    A major component of the DLEC meeting was going through a lengthy list of action items and discussing the status of those items.
    Over 20 items were reviewed with several reported as completed, on schedule or ongoing.
    The meeting concluded with closing remarks from the DLEC members from the Spirit Lake Nation, the congressional offices, Col. Koprowski, Belk, and Governor Dalrymple.
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