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Valley City neighborhood asked to evacuate for possible dike breach

VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Residents of one neighborhood here are being asked to evacuate tonight after a possible breach in the dike was discovered.

Mayor Mary Lee Nielson said crews are on scene repairing the dike, but residents of the Swanke addition have been asked to leave as a precaution.

Officials were in the midst of responding to the situation about 6 p.m.

The situation is not severe yet, but the neighborhood used to be a natural place for the river to flow and it could fill up quickly, Nielson said.

"If it does happen, they are going to be wet fast," she said.

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