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Evacuation, Then Relief

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It was a frantic evacuation, followed by waiting for the water to come rushing in.

But in the end, last-minute repairs to a levee southeast of Minot were successful and the Mouse River stayed in its banks, and a handful of homes in danger are dry.

Perry Olson follows up on our exclusive report from last night to see how the drama played out.

(Perry Olson - KX News) "Residents here just SE of Minot woke to the site they were hoping to see...an emergency levee built frantically last night still standing, and the water on the right side of that berm." (Arne Lynne - Rural Minot Resident) "Well, I was relieved..."

Lynne and neighbors were indeed breathing easier Tuesday morning compared to Monday night. A check of a trouble spot...this sink hole...last night by the long-time resident put a fix into motion... County officials and contractors were quick to respond as late evening turned to early morning hours. Brush was cleared to make way for this new dike... By morning, -- even as the old structure continued to erode away as you see here -- the new berm was standing strong...and was scheduled to be improved upon even more.

(Arne Lynne - Rural Minot Resident) "And then today they are going to come back and widen it out and make it more of a permanent dike so that it is a permanent safety structure for the neighborhood."

Residents were told they were perhaps two hours from losing the neighborhood for a second time in three years...but fast action prevented that...

(Arne Lynne - Rural Minot Resident) "I am relieved today...even though I have to move stuff back into my house...It is good that it isn't wet!"

In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

Lynne says the response last night was phenomenal -- he estimates upwards of 50 people were out late into the night helping with dike work...and moving possessions to high ground. He says he and his neighbors thank everyone who pitched in, in any way.

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