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Associated Press, Published March 02 2010

FLOOD UPDATE: Devils Lake declares state of emergency

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — The Devils Lake City Commission has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of another summer of flooding in the region.

The National Weather Service says the lake is almost certain to reach a record level again this summer.

Commissioners worry the lake will continue to rise until it overflows naturally into the Sheyenne River. They have directed city staff to draft a letter to send to those downstream about the need to get the state to come up with a plan for addressing that possibility.

The lake would overflow naturally at 1,458 feet. It is not expected to reach that level this summer.

Devils Lake has more than tripled in size since the early 1990s because of a series of wet years, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.