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Associated Press, Published May 23 2013

Rice Lake residents experiencing flooding again

RICE LAKE, N.D. — People around Rice Lake in northwestern North Dakota are experiencing flooding for a third straight year.

About 4 inches of rain since Saturday has pushed up the lake level, flooding some roads and threatening homes. The lakeside community has about 170 homes and vacation cabins. Some residents are sandbagging.

Michael Braun with the Rice Lake District Board describes the lake as a “bowl.” The Minot Daily News reports that the district has received $2.8 million in state funding to build a drainage system, but the matter of getting easements from more than a dozen area farmers to cross their land is holding up the project.

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