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Wind turns Devils Lake into an ocean

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Area residents say weather conditions on Monday turned Devils Lake into a sea.

Heavy rain and winds of 60 mph or more created waves on the flooded lake as high as 7 feet tall. The waves crashing into shore ripped apart more lakefront property.

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Some longtime residents said they have never experienced such waves on the lake. Ramsey County Commissioner Joe Belford said, "It looks like an ocean today."

Devils Lake has tripled in size since 1993 because of a series of wet years and hit record levels, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. A west-end outlet drains some floodwaters into the Sheyenne River. Area residents are now pushing federal officials for an east-end outlet.

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