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Fargo-Area Sandbagging to Begin Monday

Posted at: 04/19/2013 11:21 AM

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Fargo-area officials have mapped out plans for building clay levees and sandbag dikes to protect against what could be record flooding along the Red River and its tributaries.

Police will begin escorting flatbed trucks with sandbags into Fargo neighborhoods on Tuesday. Area high school students will begin placing the bags on Thursday.

Sandbagging in outlying areas of the city is scheduled to begin Monday.

The National Weather Service gives the river a 40 percent chance of topping the 2009 record of nearly 41 feet, which was the first of three straight major floods in the area.

Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., have made improvements to protect most residents to 38 feet, but hundreds of homes need sandbagging beyond that.

Moorhead is holding neighborhood meetings Monday to outline its flood-fighting plans.

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