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Associated Press, Published May 29 2013

Devils Lake could near record level this summer

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — There's a good chance that Devils Lake will rise this summer to within a half-foot of its 2011 record elevation of 1,454.3 feet.

The National Weather Service says there is an equal chance the lake will hit 1,453.8 feet this year. That's half a foot higher than an outlook released in early May.

The increase is attributed to heavy rains that dropped more than 4 inches on parts of the Devils Lake Basin over the past week and a half. And more rain is expected this week.

Devils Lake rose about 32 feet and quadrupled in size between 1992 and 2011, devouring an estimated 161,000 acres of farmland.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.