Sandbag Central goes on 'standby' Friday, residents brace for flood


After eights days, the goal of filling 1 million sandbags in Fargo was reached ahead of schedule as residents in the Red River Valley prepare for what could be one of the top five worst floods in history.

Thousands of volunteers showed up during the sandbag effort that began last week. WDAY says the final sandbag was filled by 7-year-old Drew Cohen Thursday night.

The Fargo Forum reports regular operations will transition to "standby" mode Friday afternoon. The equipment will remain in place in case more sandbags are needed.

The National Weather Service says there's a 50 percent chance of the Red River reaching 38 feet, which would be the fifth-highest flood of all time in the area and the fourth major flood in five years for the Fargo-Moorhead area.

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