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Published May 22, 2013, 06:36 PM

Flood threat more stable, evacuation remains in effect in Cavalier, ND

A mandatory evacuation remains in effect tonight in Cavalier where floodwaters threaten the town. It's been nearly 24 hours since residents were asked to leave their homes.

A mandatory evacuation remains in effect tonight in Cavalier where floodwaters threaten the town. It's been nearly 24 hours since residents were asked to leave their homes.

While it seems as though there's hope tonight, emergency crews remain on-scene here in Cavalier. The National Guard joined in the effort this morning and law enforcement has been working around the clock.

Gary Nillson: "Local residents will not be allowed back at this time, until local dams and spillways are deemed safe… we have no idea when that will be."

That's the official word in Cavalier where residents watch and wait…

Robert Divatson, Cavalier Resident: "There's rainfall amounts over ten inches in some places. It's just kind of catastrophic."

To find out if they'll return to a wet… or dry house.

Gary: "This is something that we never imagined here in the city, evacuating the city."

Continuous rain the last few days has taken its toll…

Gary: "We just got done with our spring flooding, and so all these retention dams were full. And then this happened, and there was no place for the water to go."

Robert: "I think everybody's got a feeling of concern."

But mother nature is now on Cavalier's side and some say they're very thankful for the mandatory evacuation, even if the water that's already here is all the town gets.

Robert: "Buildings can be replaced, people can't."

We're told construction crews were able to add about two to three feet of height on the temporary dike that's acting as a safety net for the Renwick Dam. That could mean the difference between water creeping up these lawns and water creeping into families homes.

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