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Flooding in the Devils Lake Basin
Since 1993, rising lake levels have caused a great deal of damage in the Devils Lake Basin and have resulted in studies of the basin climatology and hydrology as well as the feasibility of an outlet.
By 2000, the rising waters of Devils Lake had caused flood damages exceeding $300 million and triggered development of future flood-control options to prevent further infrastructure damage and reduce the risk of an uncontrolled spill of Devils Lake into the Sheyenne River. Construction of an emergency outlet from the west end of Devils Lake to the Sheyenne River is one flood-control option being considered.
This is the shortest of the three publications and is available in both html and pdf forms. This fact sheet is designed to present the topic to a general audience and was written in cooperation with the University of North Dakota Regional Weather Information Center and the North Dakota State Water Commission.
Climatology, Hydrology, and Simulation of an Emergency Outlet, Devils Lake Basin, North Dakota - Water-Resources Investigations Report
This report is available in html and pdf versions. The pdf version is 16 pages long. Water-Resources Investigations Reports are interpretive in nature and generally longer and more technical than fact sheets. This report was written in cooperation with the University of North Dakota Regional Weather Information Center and the North Dakota State Water Commission.
Climate simulation and flood risk analysis for 2008-40 for Devils Lake, North Dakota - Scientific Investigations Report
This report is available in pdf format. The pdf is 29 pages long. Scientific Investigations Reports are designed to release scientific and technical data to core and non-core professionals.
Simulation of a Proposed Emergency Outlet from Devils Lake, North Dakota - Water Resources Investigations Report
This report is available online in pdf form only. However, the abstract is available in html form. This is a technical report and the pdf version is 144 pages long. This report was written in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
This web page lists all U.S. Geological Survey publications related to Devils Lake. Links are provided for reports or abstracts that are available online.