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North Dakota National Guard Sgt. 1st Class David Dodds escorts Brian Axelson through floodwaters Wednesday in Minot to survey damage to Axelson's home. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Minoters get first look at flooded homes, First evacuees find sewage damage

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MINOT, N.D. - Gene Ritchie gestured with his hands as he talked, drawing an imaginary line down the middle of 21st Street Northwest. On the one side, there was flood water. On the other, there wasn't.

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The house that he was helping to clean out was on the side with the flood water, he said as he took a break from ripping out wet drywall and carpet. A mound of musty garbage on the berm testifies to his labor and that of his brother Gary, who owns the home.

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