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Published January 24, 2011, 07:00 PM

Fargo Officials Plan for Another Major Flood

Fargo officials say they will begin filling sandbags next month, following National Weather Service predictions of major flooding along the Red River.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo officials say they will begin filling sandbags next month, following National Weather Service predictions of major flooding along the Red River.

The city held its first flood preparation meeting on Monday. City spokesman Bruce Grubb says there are 370,000 filled sandbags in storage. He says they will ask volunteers to fill another 2 million bags, beginning in mid-February.

Residents of the Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., area have spent the last two springs battling major floods, including a record-setting crest in 2009 that damaged hundreds of homes and forced thousands to evacuate.

The weather service says there's a 20 percent chance of a record flood this year.

Grubb says the city opened up a warehouse dubbed "Sandbag Central" on March 1 last year. The river crested on March 20.

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