Evacuated Residents of North Dakota Town Returning Home

Posted at: 05/22/2013 11:04 AM
Updated at: 05/24/2013 10:16 AM
By: The Associated Press

nullResidents of a northeastern North Dakota town who evacuated their homes Tuesday because flooding threatened a nearby dam are going home.

Most of Cavalier's 1,300 residents were allowed back early Friday with the understanding they might have to leave again if conditions take a turn for the worse.

The water behind Renwick Dam on the Tongue River has been dropping, and the threat from recent heavy rainfall is easing.

Mayor Kenneth Briese says the community "didn't dodge a bullet" -- but rather an "artillery shell."

The lifting of the evacuation order doesn't apply to hospital patients and residents of a nursing home and assisted living facility in Cavalier. It might be another week to 10 days before the dam situation returns to normal and they're allowed back home.

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