Warehouses Stocking Up On SandbagsWith a potentially record setting flood season on the horizon some are already getting ready for the fight. And that includes sand bags. But where do they come from and how do suppliers handle the demand.
With a potentially record setting flood season on the horizon some are already getting ready for the fight. And that includes sand bags. But where do they come from and how do suppliers handle the demand.
This is an all too familiar scene. Thousands of sand bags being stacked hand by hand. But this is where it all starts. Sandbags piled high in a huge warehouse waiting to be shipped out.
Keith Harrington: "We've been getting some calls people are anxious about what might happen with the snow pack."
Workers are already working to stack bags by the millions.For Valley Bag in East Grand Forks sand bags usually make up a small part of their business, but this year is different.
Keith Harrington: "It's a spike in the spring we like to have them available."
There are more than 600-thousand bags in some piles alone and they have another 700-thousand in another warehouse ready to go. If predictions are as bad as it looks they could go through more than 2-million bags.
And there not easy for these warehouses to get. If they run out, local flood-fighters may have a long wait.
Keith Harrington: "We have a problem trying to figure out how many bags we'll need to order since most are imported and can take 2-3 months to get here."
They have another million on the way but the slow shipping process could ironically keep them sitting on a boat in the water instead of holding back the water here this spring.
Valley Bags says they mostly sell to surrounding towns and counties. They recently sold 200-thousand to Polk County.