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Despite having “abnormally dry” conditions in the Devils Lake region the process of pumping water from the flood swollen Devils Lake continues. Jeff Frith is manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resources Board. He says given the dry conditions and the current pumping capacity the lake is not lowering as fast as some may think.

A number of landowners near the west-end outlet of Devils Lake say the outlet is leaking.

And they may have to take the state Water Commission to court because of it.

The landowners say leaks were first detected shortly after the outlet became operational, in 2007.

The issue came up at the most recent Water Commission meeting.

"They (landowners) are suffering damage from the operation of the outlet," Cando attorney J. Bruce Gibbons represents some of the landowners. "There's been seepage from that outlet over onto their land, affecting their crops."

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has released its first Spring Flood Outlook of the year.