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Published April 12, 2011, 09:06 PM

Volunteers Sandbagging to Save Burke Addition Homes

Shovel after shovel, bag after bag, volunteers headed to the Burke addition to help fight back the rising water. But some of these volunteers are doing it for personal reasons.

Shovel after shovel, bag after bag, volunteers headed to the Burke addition to help fight back the rising water. But some of these volunteers are doing it for personal reasons.

"My mom lost her house in '97, so that's why I'm out here helping," said volunteer Steven Bonderud.

"My house burnt down and the flooding part of it is what caused the totaled part of our house, so I know what these people are going through, and I really wanted to help," said volunteer Deelia Gage.

The flood fight is always worse in the Burke Addition, especially when they hit levels like 1997.

"Levels out here usually run between six inches and a foot higher than in town and we are just trying to prepare for that," said homeowner Steve Adams.

"I saw that it was really high but I didn't realize how close it was to any houses. It was a shock to see how close it actually is," said Gage.

But with the rising water, these residents are going to need more than just each other.

"We definitely need more though we are going all around the house, well as you can see were only going from here to 15 to 20 feet that way because we don't have enough volunteers," said Bonderud.

If you'd like to help out with the flood fight, sandbagging volunteers are needed tomorrow as well. Volunteers are asked to register at the Alerus Center and then be bused to the sandbagging locations.

The city says people shouldn't drive their own cars to the sandbag locations because of traffic issues.

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