BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Most evacuated residents of a flood-threatened North Dakota city will be allowed to return home Friday.
The 1,300 residents were evacuated from Cavalier on Tuesday night while officials shored up a dam six miles west on the Tongue River. Five days of steady rain led to a 17-foot rise in the lake behind Renwick Dam.
Pembina County Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking says the water has been dropping steadily since mid-day Wednesday. He says residents will be allowed to return at 7 a.m. Friday with the understanding they might have to leave again if conditions worsen.
Kirking says five dozen patients from a hospital, nursing home and assisted living facility are not being allowed back until the lake returns to normal levels, which should happen in a week to 10 days.