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Shelter opens in Lisbon, N.D. as crews fix dike that prompted evacuation

LISBON, N.D. - Crews in Lisbon, N.D. repaired a major crack in a dike that forced about 20 homes to evacuate here this morning.

Meanwhile, a shelter for evacuees has opened at the Lisbon High School gym and will be staffed 24 hours a day. Those needing shelter should call the shelter hotline at 1-866-706-0203 and are asked to bring a pillow and all medications.

A neighbor discovered the 4-foot-long, 2-inch-wide crack in the dike about 9:30 a.m. behind the John Feist residence at 115 2nd Ave. E., where the road comes to a dead end on the west side of the Sheyenne River, said Bruce Dougherty, Ransom County public information officer.

Officials evacuated the area from the Sheyenne River near the dam through the 300 block of Valley Street and north Main Street.

Crews patched and reinforced the dike with clay, and the situation was under control by late morning, Dougherty said.

Also, the Ransom County Sheriff's Department announced that no truck traffic will be allowed east of Lisbon on Highway 27. All trucks will be asked to turn around.

Lisbon evacuation area

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