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Apr142011

North Dakota Residents Asked to Evacuate Due to Possible Dam Break

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock (file photo)(BURLINGTON, N.D.) -- As a dam gets closer towards breaking in North Dakota, people living near the Des Lacs River have been asked to evacuate their homes ahead of possible flooding.

But some are choosing to brush off the warning.

"Some people are sticking it out.  And some people left.  I'd say [Wednesday night] it was like 50-50," said Burlington Police Chief Keith Crabb.

About 200 residents of Burlington were asked to leave the area.  Crabb said the evacuation wasn't mandatory, but a "request evacuation."

"We requested for their safety to leave the area," he said.

The dam was built back in the 1930s and is made of clay, dirt and rock, Crabb noted.  He said it has "three holes in it right now that are kind of eroding," and, should it fail, the dam would add about three feet of water to the already swollen Des Lacs River.

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