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Published March 02, 2011, 10:19 PM

Sandbags Popping Up In Crookston

It may have been too cold to ask the community to help out, but it it is not too cold for the city of Crookston to start sandbagging.

It may have been too cold to ask the community to help out, but it it is not too cold for the city of Crookston to start sandbagging.

"We're going to see significant high water this spring," said Aaron Parrish, Crookston City Administrator.

Parrish bases this on weather predictions from this winter.

"An event that would have us reaching 28 feet," he said.

13 feet higher than the city's flood stage. White rows of sandbags have already started to pop up near the Crookston Public Library and American Legion.

Two vulnerable spots because of proximity to the Red Lake River.

"What we're doing right now is taking care of a few smaller areas with a smaller crew prior to our community sandbagging day," said Fire Chief Richard Rock.

Rock said he is not worried about the sandbags being affected by freezing temperatures and has not had any trouble with early placement in the past.

Plus, you never know when piles of snow will turn into this into pools of flood water.

"It just seems like for us it can be anywhere from the first week in March until the middle of later April."

Eventually the city will see more sandbags around the Jerome's Addition just near the former ice arena.

Though a flood not a pretty site, Parrish said it does have one perk.

"High water events are no fun at all, but they are also great community building events. People ban together to protect their community."

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