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Sandbag Central Halfway to Goal

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Update April 8

The news from Sandbag Central continues to be mixed. Sandbag Central is officially past the halfway point of reaching it's one million sandbag goal to protect Fargo and Cass County, but volunteers have been hard to come by in the afternoons.

City officials say they hope to wrap up filling sandbags by Friday, April 8, but add they will keep all of the equipment set up and ready in case there is a need for additional sandbags.

Despite their progress, there remains a shortage for afternoon volunteers. Just 50 volunteers signed up Monday afternoon, and it takes 60 to run a spider machine.

Officials at Sandbag Central say the most productive hours in the day are the morning and early afternoon when middle school kids are there providing plenty of needed help.

"Then after 2 o'clock were only able to have one spider open," explains Fargo Firefighter Matt Nelson. "So we'd really like to get all three open for a whole day then it would put us about 200,000 for the whole day. So if we could have one of those days that would be great."

You can volunteer by calling FirstLink at 701-476-4000.

Original Story

Organizers at sandbag central say they were worried that they'd have a shortage of volunteers today, and it would cause them to fall behind in the sandbag count. Over the past few days, volunteer numbers have been high with schools sending their kids to do work. On Friday, there were only 12 volunteers signed up to work for the day, but luckily, the morning group started with over 200 volunteers. Organizers say they are thankful and proud of the community that keeps giving their flood fighting efforts every year.

Fargo is nearly half way to reaching its sandbag goal. On Saturday, sandbag central produced about 88,000 sandbags. That brings them to 476,000 total, with a goal of 1-million. An estimated 524,000 sandbags are still needed.

 

 

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