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Returning Home to Cavalier

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Close to 1,300 people were evacuated from Cavalier, North Dakota Tuesday night, due to the threat of extreme flooding. Friday morning, they were allowed back to their homes.

At Harold Kopf's home, the bags are being unpacked.

"We came in last night," says Kopf.

The Kopf's just got home from a trip when they realized they weren't able to get to their house.

"We had to wait 'til this morning."

But they say that's okay since everything was able to stay dry. Gudny Largent is happy to walk through her front door, but unlike the Kopf's, she has a mess to clean.

"I've never been through anything like it," says Largent.

 Largent's basement looks like a lot of other basements in town but she says she'll deal with it. The same goes for Robert Carroll.

"My stepson's basement is flooded with water," says Carroll.

While people in Cavalier get their belongings moved back in, Kirby Brandhagen is making sure the show goes on. 

"I definitely didn't get much sleep."

Brandhagen's family has owned the theater in town since the 40's,and says he wasn't ready to close the curtain on this place yet.

 "It's no fun being displaced."

As clean up gets underway for many homes in Cavalier, Brandhagen says he's ready to get things back to normal.

"I hope we won't have to do this again."

Cavalier's mayor says the National Guard is still watching the dam around the clock. With rain possible this weekend, people living in Cavalier should be on standby just in case they need to be evacuated again.

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