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Troops drop sandbags overnight to fortify ND dam

KATHRYN, N.D. (KWWL) - A National Guard official said troops dropped sandbags from a helicopter overnight to shore up a weakening dam that is protecting a small North Dakota town from flooding.

North Dakota National Guard Lt. Col. Rick Smith said water from a tributary of the Sheyenne River began seeping past sandbags overnight that are shoring up the Clausen Springs Dam.

Authorities say the town of Kathryn six miles east would be flooded if the dam fails.

Smith says a quick reaction force using night-vision goggles dropped more sandbags from a Blackhawk helicopter at about 3 a.m. Thursday. He says troops will continue to lay sandbags throughout the day.

Kathryn's 55 residents were evacuated Wednesday. The town is 56 miles southwest of Fargo.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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