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Published March 24, 2013, 10:53 AM

Residents near Devils Lake fear 2012 progress lost

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Residents near Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota fear that last year's progress in gaining back land from the lake could be lost this year.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Residents near Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota fear that last year's progress in gaining back land from the lake could be lost this year.

The latest flood outlook from the National Weather Service gives about a 25 percent chance the lake will surpass its record elevation of 1,454.3 feet above sea level, set in June 2011.

That would wipe out last year's 3-foot drop that saw about 30,000 acres of land resurface.

Jeff Frith, manager of the basin's joint water resource district, tells the Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.ly/WOKPJd) that the forecast "takes away the optimism we had last year."

Devils Lake rose about 32 feet in the wet cycle between 1992 and 2011. The lake quadrupled in size.

A levee system protects the city of Devils Lake.

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