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Sandbag Central to Open April 3

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The images of sandbagging could bring back nightmare flashbacks to many but it seems this could quickly turn back once again to reality.

"I know it's getting old, extremely old," says Dennis Walaker, Mayor of Fargo.

With the latest flood forecast predicting river's crest around 38 feet the city has declared battle against mother nature, but they say it is going to take a community effort to win.

"We will do what ever is necessary to protect the community," says Walaker.

Right now, the city of Fargo has 750,000 sandbags but for full flood protection they are going to need one point 1.1 million which means they will need 500,000 more.

"To do 500,000 sandbags, it will take fifty thousand bags a day," says Dr. Tim Mahoney, Fargo City Commissioner.

The city knows people are tired of the sandbag routine, but until there is a solution to the flood problem, sandbagging will continue to be a reality.

"The only solution to process is simple, that diversion has to go," says Walaker.

Sandbag Central will open on April 3rd.

ORIGINAL STORY

Fargo is preparing for another round of potential flooding with the National Weather Service expected to increase the chances of a significant spring flood.

KFGO'S Don Haney reports that the city has been told to prepare for a potential river level of 37.5 feet. There's a 50-50 chance of that.

City Administrator Pat Zavoral says sandbag central will again be activated to fill up to 500,000 sandbags. The city already has about 750,000 sandbags in reserve.

The change in the flood forecast is a result of the two recent storms that brought additional snow and added to the moisture content in the snow pack in the southern Red River Basin.

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