All of those living along the Sheyenne will be placed in more flooding danger as a result of such an action, and all of the downstream effects should be studied and determined before any action to do this is taken.
The 800-foot-structure, built between Stump Lake and a natural rise in the Tolna Coulee, is designed to prevent a catastrophic spill from the Devils Lake Basin to the Sheyenne River Valley. The unique design mimics the natural erosion that likely would occur in the coulee, while restricting downstream flows.
Devils Lake, Missouri River Basin show great need, leaders say North Dakota’s congressional delegation has asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to support a state request for additional funding to repair flood-damaged roads.
The resulting erosion will promote good fish habitat by adding considerable structure, such as trees and buildings, to the river bottom. Collapse of the historic Elks building into the river finally will provide the necessary rip-rap to inhibit the ever-rushing water from eroding out that section of Main Street.
With all the dollars that have been poured into the basin to combat high water problems, couldn’t a small portion of those dollars been allocated to help area residents preserve and relocate the cemeteries of their loved ones?
North Dakota's State Water Commission is working with engineering firms to finalize the design of an East Devils Lake outlet and expects to award a bid for piping and pipe materials by late May. Construction is expected to begin this summer when weather and ground conditions permit. “We need to do all that we can to keep this project on schedule,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said.
Devils Lake flooding forces a family out Vickie and Dan Erickstad spent part of their 38th anniversary this week looking around their farmstead — from a mile or more away. They haven’t been able to get any closer than that since they were forced from their home April 15, when floodwaters swamped the last road to their place.
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