Fargo sandbag effort ahead of schedule amid flood concerns


Officials at Fargo's Sandbag Central, where a 10-day effort is under way to fill 1 million sandbags in advance of what could be a top-five flood year, say their work is ahead of schedule, the Associated Press reports.

Volunteers, who started work Wednesday, had already filled 476,000 sandbags through Saturday, the AP says. Among the volunteers on Saturday was Galit DeWitz, who spent her bachelorette party volunteering with her friends at Sandbag Central, which is typically a garbage truck storage shed, Forum Communications reported.

Forecasters say peak flooding would most likely be after April 15 and city leaders are concerned that the river level could approach the record high set in 2009, nearly 41 feet. The Weather Channel lists the top five floods in Fargo-Moorhead history.

In a report a few weeks ago, officials in Moorhead said they were predicting a "low" flood impact to their side of the river.

Leaders in Fargo and Moorhead said they are better prepared for high water than ever before, MPR reported last week. They say they will be ready for a record-setting flood year, MPR reported.

The massive sandbag effort is drawing volunteers from the Twin Cities, KARE 11 reported.

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