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Becca Natsues watches the Souris River flood her neighborhood Wednesday in Minot. As many as 11,000 people raced to evacuate Wednesday as water began spilling over Minot's levees. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Minot evacuees wonder where they'll find refuge

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MINOT, N.D. - On the plywood sheet that blocked the door to a dark, empty house were crude words in red spray paint: "Beach party 6-22-11."

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"At least my neighbors have a sense of humor," Pat Nash said as he snapped a picture. He made a chuckling sound that was half jocular and half bitter.

Nash, the owner of a trucking company, was about to become homeless as the waters of the Souris River inched toward the top of the dikes that protect his neighborhood in northwest Minot.

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