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Published February 19, 2010, 12:24 PM

Record Devils Lake flooding still expected

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The National Weather Service has lowered anticipated lake levels in its latest outlook for Devils Lake flooding, but record flooding remains almost a certainty.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The National Weather Service has lowered anticipated lake levels in its latest outlook for Devils Lake flooding, but record flooding remains almost a certainty.

The agency says there is a 90 percent chance of the lake hitting 1,450.9 feet, which would surpass the record of 1,450.73 feet set last June. The lake was at 1,450.1 feet on Friday.

The chance that the lake will surpass 1,452 feet has been lowered to about 35 percent, a drop from 60 percent three weeks ago.

The weather service uses such factors as precipitation, snow pack and snow moisture content for its outlook.

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.

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