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Published April 08, 2013, 04:44 PM

Spring weather is ideal for flood control in Devils Lake

Devils Lake, ND (WDAY TV) -- The spring weather has been ideal to minimize the damage of this year's runoff in Devils Lake.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Devils Lake, ND (WDAY TV) -- The spring weather has been ideal to minimize the damage of this year's runoff in Devils Lake.

The snow pack was larger than normal this year, but so far it's melting at a very slow rate. National Weather Service projections showed precipitation this past weekend could have hastened the run-off, but that didn't happen.

The slow melt allows time for the ground to thaw, which means less water reaches the lake and levels could be lower at the end of the year.

Jeff Frith on the Devils Lake Basin Joint Board says, "We couldn't ask for a better outlook given the amount of snow that we have on the ground left. It's melting gradually. It's given time to absorb into the soil."

Experts do warn that it could warm up any time, and any significant rainfall could drastically increase the speed of the runoff.

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