Joe Belford, who has been the face of the flood fight in Devils Lake Basin for decades, is stepping down as Ramsey County commissioner and some half-dozen other positions he was appointed to as commissioner. But, he says, he'll still continue the flood fight.
A Ramsey County commissioner who has become the most recognizable advocate of the Devils Lake outlet said he thinks a commission with both North Dakota and Manitoba officials is needed to settle longstanding disagreements surrounding the floodwater diversion channel. Joe Belford said Thursday that he plans to ask Gov. John Hoeven to set up such a group.
Damage in the flooded Devils Lake region this year might be unprecedented, Ramsey County Emergency Manager Tim Heisler said.
Road damage has been reported at hundreds of spots in the region, and more homes are being flooded or damaged, he said. As many as 40,000 more acres of prime farmland are likely to be lost.
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