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Betty Ann Tufty wipes a tear from her glasses after returning to her home Thursday morning and seeing the construction zone in her neighborhood along Second Avenue East in Lisbon. (David Samson/The Forum)

Lisbon patches dike; rural areas swamped

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LISBON, N.D. - The clay levee keeping the Sheyenne River from spilling into Rob Hicks' backyard developed a crack big enough to require evacuations here on Thursday morning.

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But it didn't worry Hicks too much. Like nearly all of his neighbors, he and his family were already gone.

"We've been moving our stuff for two weeks," said Hicks as he stood on his mother-in-law's porch, where his family was staying. "We're not stupid."

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