I was fascinated when I read about Devils Lake, North Dakota. Devils Lake is a self-contained body of water that has no natural resource such as a river to carry away excess water so it just keeps on growing. Devils Lake is an incredible menace to people living around it.
Dave Kolpack of the Associated Press has posted an article titled “North Dakota lake swallows land and buildings.” The lake has been growing since the 1990s and is still going.
As Kolpack reports the lake is within six feet of overflowing. Devils Lake had initially 400 homes around its shores. All of the homes have had to be moved or they were destroyed by the water.
Because of the lake’s benefits as far as being a fishing hole a lot of tourists come to enjoy the benefits and activities. However Devils Lake is costing more than it is bringing in. In fact the mayor of the county continues all the time to think of ways to make money to pay for the costs of paying for damages from the lake.
The lake has quadrupled in size in just ten years and has taken over two towns of Penn and Church’s Ferry and is knocking on the door of another town.
Why don’t they pump the water out? That was the solution of a small city about ten miles from my home of Peoria. They had a lake that had no outlet and was routinely flooding basements.
The reason that devils Lake is not pumping is that it would cost $330,000 just to “lose no ground.
Another problem that they have is they could try and get to the Red River but there has been a lot of complaining about that from far away states and even Canada. They are afraid of flooding in their various areas.
However another thing they are concerned with is the fact that there are a lot of various plants in the lake. They also are afraid of other variants in the water that could contaminate the river.
It is a mess.
Scientists have evaluated that this growth of Devils Lake could go on another ten years. Let’s hope a solution is found.
We’ll continue to follow the situation.
Associated Press Website, Dave Kolpack, “North Dakota lake swallows land and buildings”