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Crystal, N.D., residents evacuate in face of flooding

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CRYSTAL -- Rising waters in Crystal, a small town in northeast North Dakota, began driving people out of their homes Monday evening.

Andrew Kirking, emergency manager for Pembina County, said sheriff's deputies and other emergency workers began helping people leave already flooding homes by about 6 p.m.

He announced a voluntary evacuation effective at 6 p.m. Monday, at which time he said about 80 percent of the homes had been checked and the residents had been accounted for.

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