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By Dave Kolpack, Associated Press Writer, Published June 19 2010

North Dakota used fewer sandbags to hold back 2010 floods

North Dakota used significantly fewer sandbags to hold back floods this year, according to figures released by the state Emergency Services Department.

More than 2.4 million sandbags were filled and placed around the state in March and April, including more than 1 million bags in Fargo, the department said.

That compares to more than 18 million bags that were placed statewide in 2009, when Fargo was blasted by two crests, Valley City asked residents to evacuate, and ice jams led to unusual flooding along the Missouri River in western North Dakota.

“No flood is ever ho-hum for us,” said Cecily Fong, Emergency Services spokeswoman. “We plan and prepare for all floods in the same manner.”

Cass County used about 1.5 million bags this year, about 7 million fewer than 2009.

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