- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Residents at chronically-flooded Rice Lake felt optimistic water levels would continue decreasing after a 2-foot drop last fall, but are now worried about the large amount of snow falling this winter.

Residents in previous years approved a plan to pump out the water that resulted from earlier snow. The pump proved to only be a temporary fix, because the water was found to be seeping back into the Douglas aquifer by Rice Lake. Many homes in the area have water damage or have even been abandoned. Some have been able to hide behind dikes that prevent water from reaching the property, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2jpjUmV) reported.

“The good news is that we’re built up for deeper water,” homeowner Steve Zaun said. “That bad news is there may be some more houses that get affected. Yeah, we’re a little worried about it.”

In order to combat the rising water levels, the Rice Lake Recreational Service District made a costly undertaking in raising its sewer lift station and low spots in the road circling the lake.

Last fall, the water level dropped 2 feet due to a big clean-up effort, leaving residents hopeful. But with the heavy snowfall this year, homeowners are losing that hope.

“The snow is unbelievable, isn’t it?” homeowner Lina Anderson said. “If it keeps snowing, we are going to get that two-foot drop back and more. Who knows? I think everybody worries about it. Everything runs into the aquifer and that’s what brings our lake up.”

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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