Devils Lake was not the only big lake in the United States to reach record levels this spring.
Lake Champlain, which straddles the border between New York and Vermont, broke the old high-water mark by nearly 2 feet, causing lakeside homes to be inundated and damage to the many parks in Burlington, Vt., and the islands that dot the lake.
The melting of a deep mountain snowpack combined with record-setting precipitation in April and May are to blame. On a recent trip to Burlington, water was still over part of the dock for the ferry that travels to Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Workers were also trying to clean up the state parks on the lake in time for them to open for the Fourth of July.
The lake is now down 5 feet from the record, and while wave action is still a problem, water no longer threatens any properties.
Unlike Devils Lake, Lake Champlain has an outlet that can remove excess water.
Have a weather question you'd like answered? Email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or write to WDAY Stormtracker, WDAY-TV, Box 2466, Fargo, ND 58108
Read the blog at http://stormtrack.areavoices.com