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Associated Press, Published March 12 2010

Kathryn could be at flood risk again

KATHRYN, N.D. — Barnes County Water Resource District Secretary Jamie Smith says the chances of the small town of Kathryn being evacuated again this spring are "50-50."

The 55 residents of Kathryn were evacuated for a few days last April after Sheyenne River flooding began eroding the spillway of the Clausen Springs Dam south of Valley City. National Guard soldiers in helicopters dropped more than 100 one-ton sandbags to shore it up.

State and local agencies later committed $3 million to repair the dam. But Water Resource District chairman Jeff McMillan says the work has not yet been done.

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