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Associated Press, Published February 27 2009

Devils Lake flood outlook revised upward

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) – The National Weather Service has slightly revised upward the expected level for Devils Lake this season.

The latest outlook from the weather service puts the chance at near 100 percent that the lake will top 1,450 feet. That would be a record and would be more than 3 feet higher than its freeze-up level.

The weather service puts the odds at about 70 percent for a 4-foot rise that would take the lake to an elevation of 1,451 feet, and estimates a 20 percent chance of a 5-foot rise.

Ramsey County Commission Chairman Barry Gage says the new numbers likely will trigger more work this year on the dike that protects the city of Devils Lake. He says a big question is how to pay for it.

The current record high for Devils Lake is 1,449.2 feet in May 2006.

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