May 24, 2013 at 10:58 am
the mandatory evacuation of cavalier ended at seven a-m this morning. pembina county spokesperson barb whelan says a few people who showed up prior to seven were turned away but there’s been a steady stream of residents returning to their homes since the barricades came down. Water levels behind the Renwick dam have been falling since Wednesday afternoon.
With waters receding across northeastern north Dakota the national guard presence in cities like cavalier may start to wind down. As many as 70 national guard troops were on the ground in the Pembina county city earlier this week. That was reduced to 40 yesterday. Mayor Kenneth Briese says the community "didn't dodge a bullet. ... (but) an artillery shell."