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Published April 11, 2011, 07:33 PM

Climax, Shelly Sandbagging to Save Homes

Sandbaggers in Climax and Shelly had a busy day protecting homes in rural areas. The flood fight picked up after an increase in some river crests and significant over land flooding.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Sandbaggers in Climax and Shelly had a busy day protecting homes in rural areas.

The flood fight picked up after an increase in some river crests and significant over land flooding.

Many of the sandbaggers had to take detours to get to those homes as water has made many roads impassible. But, they got the job done.

Students from Climax and Shelly lined up with University of Minnesota Crookston students to sandbag Cecil Malme's farm home just north of Shelly. UMC Student Brett Kupferschmid did it last Friday, and was back Monday.

The Malme's home is just one of the homes in the Climax and Shelly area that are threatened by overland flooding from the nearby Red Lake River.

Many of the roads have stretches that are underwater including Highway 75. People are having to use township roads for many detours. The Sand Hill River at Climax has closed two of the main entrances into town. That's where Hugh Bergh's home was sandbagged Monday morning.

Bergh and Malme might be growing tired of the water's annual return. But they have learned they can count on the help from people around the area.

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