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Published February 23, 2010, 09:23 AM

Sandbagging Volunteers Sought in Moorhead

A sandbag-filling site is set to open Monday on the north side of Moorhead.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

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Moorhead seeks volunteers for sandbag-filling site

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - Moorhead is getting ready for its spring

flood fight.

A sandbag-filling site is set to open Monday on the north side

of Moorhead. Officials hope the site will be manned with

volunteers.

The Moorhead City Council on Monday approved spending up to

$550,000 in city reserves to prepare for and battle a flood. The

goal is to have 300,000 sandbags ready and waiting.

About $34,000 of those city reserves will be spent on a 12-chute

"spider" machine that can fill 5,000 sandbags an hour. It may

take two or three weeks for the machine to arrive and get set up at

a public works facility on the southside of Moorhead.

Officials say the 300,000 filled sandbags should be enough to

protect Moorhead to a flood stage of 38 feet.

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