ONE TORRENTIAL RAIN AWAY FROM TOTAL DISASTER: DEVILS LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA

Devils Lake, North Dakota, is being swallowed by water. The small community of 7,800 is losing land daily to the lake with the same name. The lake swelled from 42,000 acres to 72,000 acres in just 2 years. The high water level is attributed to precipitation two to three times the normal rate. Flooding is caused by the extra runoff because the lake has no outlet. This article explains how surface transportation is being affected by the flooded lake. Solutions to the road situation--raising highways and bridge replacement--are costly and time consuming; however, the alternative is allowing roads in the Devils Lake basin to be sucked under, one by one, as the water inches up. The author reports that if the lake rises further, problems will increase.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 4-6
  • Serial:
    • AASHTO Quarterly Magazine
    • Volume: 75
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
    • ISSN: 0147-4820

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726984
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1996 12:00AM