Valley City Commission votes to ask the Corps to armor the Tolna Coulee

Louise Oleson, Editor
Reader Submitted Photo/Huck Krueger
The Tolna Coulee runs through the center of this photo.

As the Devils Lake City Commission meeting wrapped up Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson received a text message from Valley City.

Their city commission had voted unanimously to request the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to armor the Tolna Coulee to protect downstream communities from an uncontrolled spill once the lake reaches 1,458 feet above sea level.

Today the level of Devils Lake is 1,451.67, just short of six feet from the level where Devils Lake spills out its natural outlet through the Tolna Coulee and Stump Lake into the Sheyenne River.

At the end of the message, Johnson was informed that the action taken was intended to buy some time for everyone, including Devils Lake.

According to the Valley City Times Record the Monday, Aug. 16, evening vote was 4-0 and a  similar request is expected to come before the Barnes County Commission today.