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Published February 21, 2011, 08:19 AM

Devils Lake might seek state OK for coulee work

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — The city of Devils Lake might seek state permission to further lower the Tolna Coulee, a natural outlet between the flooded Devils Lake and the Sheyenne River.

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — The city of Devils Lake might seek state permission to further lower the Tolna Coulee, a natural outlet between the flooded Devils Lake and the Sheyenne River.

The lake eventually will overflow naturally into the coulee if it continues to rise. Local officials don't want the lake to get that high and previously got permission to remove a foot of sediment from the coulee to lower the natural overflow point to 1,458 feet above sea level.

Mayor Dick Johnson tells KZZY radio that the city believes the state engineer can allow a further lowering of the coulee. The City Commission likely will discuss seeking permission at its Tuesday meeting.

The National Weather Service says there's about a 70 percent chance the lake this year will approach 1,455 feet.

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