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Published May 22, 2013, 05:12 PM

Mandatory evacuation keeping residents out of Cavalier

Cavalier, ND (WDAY TV) - A mandatory evacuation remains in effect in Cavalier, North Dakota, where floodwaters threaten the town. It's been nearly 24 hours since people were asked to leave their homes.

By: Molly Thorvilson, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Cavalier, ND (WDAY TV) - A mandatory evacuation remains in effect in Cavalier, North Dakota, where floodwaters threaten the town. It's been nearly 24 hours since people were asked to leave their homes.

The National Guard joined in the effort this morning and law enforcement has been working around the clock.

Gary Nilsson, Pembina County Commissioner: "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.

Robert Divatson, Cavalier Resident: "I've never, never seen it like this."

Watch and wait…

Divatson: "There's rainfall amounts over 10 inches in some places. It's just kind of catastrophic."

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

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

Continuous rain the last few days has taken its toll.

Nilsson: "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."

Divatson: "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.

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

Construction crews were able to add two to three feet of height on the temporary dike that's acting as a safety net for the Renwick Dam.

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