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Forum staff reports, Published April 11 2013

Fargo's Sandbag Central to close on Friday

FARGO – Thanks to the efforts of student and community volunteers, the goal of filling 1 million sandbags for the 2013 flood season is expected to be reached today or early Friday.

Officials had planned to keep Sandbag Central operational through Saturday in order to make 500,000 bags each for Fargo and Cass County, but a great turnout from volunteers has allowed them to finish ahead of schedule.

“My congratulations to everybody involved with the sandbagging,” Mayor Dennis Walaker said in a special City Commission meeting this morning. “I thought it was extremely efficient from the beginning. I thought the process was good, and the kids had a great time.”

Sandbag Central operations will transition to “standby” mode starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, a release from the city stated. Regular operations will end, but equipment will remain in place in case there is a need to fill more bags later date.

As far as a deterministic flood forecast goes, Walaker said he received some emails this morning from folks in Wahpeton, N.D., who say the river is starting to move.

“I’m tired of this spring,” he said with a laugh. “Things are starting to change in Wahpeton, and so forth. But still it’s a few days away.”