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Sandbag Central Pulls Weak Weekend Numbers

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Time is running out at Sandbag Central, and a shortage of volunteers could mean trouble.

Today, volunteers saw their lowest turnout yet around the spider machines.

They say they absolutely do need more volunteers in the next couple days. But, so far, they're not worried about numbers.

That's because when Sandbag Central opens up Monday morning, they'll have the guarantee of school kids manning the machines throughout the day.

But, once the students go home, the operation can look a lot like it did today-- with barely enough volunteers to keep just one spider machine going.

They say weekends are usually slow, but coordinators couldn't have done this much today without the help.

"That's a little short of our 100,000 goal today, however, given the circumstances, we're very pleased with the turnout and right around 70,000 for the day is a very good number," Matt Nelson, firefighter, said.

Three days remain to sandbag, and another 217,000 need to be filled.

The city is still ahead of schedule, but these final days can be difficult as what coordinators call "volunteer fatigue" sets in.

So, they're asking for businesses or clubs to sign up. The more volunteers at once, the better.

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