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.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the woman who died in a car accident south of Tolna, N.D., Thursday afternoon. Rosadell Flaagan, 86, of Pekin, N.D., was traveling south on Nelson County Road 32 around 1:37 p.m. when she failed to yield at the intersection of N.D. Highway 15.
Farrah Heitkamp and the other students at Dakota Prairie High School in Petersburg, N.D., trooped into the school gym Thursday morning, not knowing why they had been summoned to an assembly. Then 14 pre-school children marched in with smiles, balloons and a song.
The North Dakota State Water Commission took the first physical steps Thursday toward building a gravity-flow outlet from Stump Lake to the Tolna Coulee in another effort to provide some flood relief to the chronically flooding Devils Lake Basin.
Gravity outlet, proposed in 1999, still makes sense, Devils Lake officials say City officials in Devils Lake are dusting off an old plan they believe could provide significant relief from chronic flooding without threatening people and property downstream.
Residents voice disapproval of Tolna control structure Mammoth Devils Lake might have peaked for 2011 a month ago at a record 1,454.4 feet above sea level, but frustration levels hit new highs Wednesday evening as people in the Devils Lake protested a planned Tolna Coulee control structure they say will do nothing to help relieve the 18-year-old flood.
If the flooding Devils Lake keeps rising it eventually will overflow through the coulee and into the Sheyenne River. Officials want a control structure to regulate the flow and reduce flooding worries downstream.
A day after some 1,000 people rallied in support of using the natural outlet of the Tolna Coulee to provide relief from the record-breaking Devils Lake, about 800 gathered at Devils Lake High School on Tuesday evening, where they listened to federal and state officials explain why it cannot be done and why they are moving forward with plans to build a control structure on the coulee.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the North Dakota State Water Commission will host two public meetings next week to preliminary plans for and solicit public input on a project to control flows through the Tolna Coulee in the event of erosion of the existing divide resulting from an overflow of Devils Lake.
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