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Published May 23, 2013, 08:44 AM

Flood situation improves dramatically in Crystal

CRYSTAL, N.D. (AP) — Floodwaters that swamped Crystal have stopped entering the small Pembina County town, and county Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking says the focus is now on cleanup.

CRYSTAL, N.D. (AP) — Floodwaters that swamped Crystal have stopped entering the small Pembina County town, and county Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking says the focus is now on cleanup.

Six families in the town of 160 people left their homes Tuesday when Crystal was flooded by heavy rain runoff that flowed across country in the county that slopes from west to east. The water began receding Wednesday, and on Thursday Kirking said the situation had improved dramatically.

Mayor Larry McCollum says all of the families who left are back home.

Kirking says officials have ordered in several cleaning kits from the American Red Cross in Grand Forks to help residents with the recovery.

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