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Published March 21, 2011, 09:00 PM

Weather Delays Sandbag Distribution in Fargo-Moorhead

The storm and the cold weather behind it will delay the delivery of sandbags in Fargo and Moorhead. Both cities were going to start dropping sandbags in neighborhoods this Thursday.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports,

The storm and the cold weather behind it will delay the delivery of sandbags in Fargo and Moorhead.

Both cities were going to start dropping sandbags in neighborhoods this Thursday.

Now Fargo will not start until early next week when temperatures rise, and Moorhead is looking at a similar time frame.

Below-freezing temperatures can compromise sandbags and make them difficult to stack, something Fargo dealt with in the '97 flood.

This year the city tried to get the driest sand it could before filling bags.

"It had less moisture in it, but even at 10 or 15 % moisture they still get like a rock so then you've got to get everybody a baseball bat to pound them," Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said.

Walaker says the city can deploy two million sandbags in four days.

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