Cavalier residents are back at homeFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A huge sigh of relief in Cavalier tonight, residents are back home, and though relieved their town didn't go under water, they have a lot of work ahead.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A huge sigh of relief in Cavalier tonight, residents are back home, and though relieved their town didn't go under water, they have a lot of work ahead.
It's been a week of worry, the city evacuated for the first time in history in fear the Renwick Dam would give-way.
Cleanup in Cavalier has begun.
Justin Robinson-ICELANDIC STATE PARK MANAGER: "Unprecedented event, but this is an unprecedented drop too."
Have you ever seen anything like this happen to the town before?
Warren Austfjord-PEMBINA COUNTY RESIDENT: "Never. It's been high before, but not quite this high."
Justin: "We never thought this would have happened, but it did. So they're currently rebuilding the emergency spillway to be a concrete structure to take care of this situation."
As you can see behind me the water is completely off of the temporary dike that was built earlier this week. But water levels at the Renwick Dam are still about ten feet above normal.
Justin: "That's why this dam is being replaced because it is a highly erodible sandy emergency spillway."
What's the mood around town?
Warren Austfjord runs a construction business near Cavalier. He says the main problem now is fixing roads damaged by high water. There's going to be a lot of detours for quite a while.
How's everyone doing now?
Jack Robinson/LOCAL STORE EMPLOYEE: "Good. Everyone's happy that they're back into town and getting their houses all back in order."
Justin: "Cavalier and Icelandic State Park, we haven't been through that so for us it's kind of that learning process. But it's that healing process too, and I think what's happening is the community is getting tighter."
With more rain expected this weekend, officials say Cavalier residents should still be on high alert and ready to evacuate again if needed.