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Published May 23, 2013, 01:13 PM

Cavalier residents breathing a big sigh of relief

CAVALIER, N.D. (AP) — The mayor of flood-threatened Cavalier says residents are "breathing an enormous sigh of relief."

CAVALIER, N.D. (AP) — The mayor of flood-threatened Cavalier says residents are "breathing an enormous sigh of relief."

The 1,300 residents in the northeastern North Dakota city were evacuated Tuesday night because of fears that floodwaters from days of steady rain would overwhelm the Renwick Dam on the Tongue River east of the city. Those fears have eased and residents are being allowed to return home at 7 a.m. Friday.

Mayor Kenneth Briese says residents "came within inches of losing our town."

He says it will still be a few days before the situation returns to normal. But he says, "we're keeping our heads above water."

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