Devils Lake area officials continue to work to battle rising lake People in the Devils Lake Basin will have to work fast over the next few weeks to quell the threat of widespread damage from the rising lake that is bound to hit a new record elevation every day.
While the National Weather Service’s first spring flooding outlook for Devils Lake is nearly two months away, people in the basin are bracing for the possibility of yet another difficult year and another record flood in 2011.
The International Red River Board will meet in Devils Lake Tuesday and Wednesday to tour the flooded basin and to discuss issues among federal, state and Canadian provincial agencies, as well as local organizations.
Gale-force winds that at times exceeded 60 mph sent waves as high as 6 to 7 feet crashing against the shore, ripping apart lakefront property Monday night and Tuesday, as Devils Lake hit yet another unofficial record elevation of 1,452.14 feet.
Why in heaven’s name did all these farmers dig so many ditches? Was it a hobby, something to do to pass the time? No, it created productive land and, for generations, they have made a living farming it.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate will visit Devils Lake on May 3 to headline a Devils Lake Flood Summit that addresses immediate and long-range flood protection in the basin.
Grand Forks has enjoyed what will most likely go down as the city’s warmest September on record, but like all good things, that streak has to come to an end. Strong northwest winds will move into the region, ushering in below-normal temperatures and the coldest air so far this fall.
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