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Published May 21, 2013, 06:30 PM

Crystal, ND residents battle flood waters

One of the hardest hit towns in northeastern North Dakota is the small town of Crystal, which is just north of Grafton. Residents are struggling to keep water out of their basements and some businesses are surrounded by water.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

One of the hardest hit towns in northeastern North Dakota is the small town of Crystal, which is just north of Grafton. Residents are struggling to keep water out of their basements and some businesses are surrounded by water.

Two days of continuous rain has caused the over land flooding and rising rivers. The soil is saturated and water is backing up. Last night water over took several areas, both in and just outside Crystal, where about 150 residents live. The Simplot Ag office on the west end of town took on water on the first floor. Meanwhile in town pumps are running at different locations to assist inundated sewer system. Classes were cancelled today at the middle school because the building is also surrounded by water. A lot of work lies ahead as many people are cleaning up the water that either seeped or backed up into their basements.

Paul O'Toole, Crystal Fire Department: "Water has gone down in some places. But officials here don't expect much relief for a couple of days because there is still a lot of water flowing from the west."

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