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Sandbag Deliveries Start in Cass Co.

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Sandbags are being delivered to folks in southern Cass county. Organizers say they are able to deliver anywhere from 50 to 90 thousand sandbags in a single day. In south Fargo near Lindenwood Park a clay dike is being constructed. Heavy duty trucks have been rolling along for most of the day where if there not delivering sandbags, they're unloading clay.

The sandbag deliveries started at 7 o'clock Monday morning and they'll go till seven o'clock in the evening. Cass county is trying to get pallets of sandbags to the people who need them first. That's those that will be getting clay levees installed within the next few days.

One step at a time county officials are getting ready for what could a record flood.

"Today our focus is getting sandbags delivered to the areas on the river side where we'll be placing clay levees come tomorrow." Says Cass County Engineer Jason Benson.

With sandbags just starting to make their way to homes, folks receiving them are prepping too. Ken Clark of south Fargo is just one example of a community preparing. "Mainly I'm working on the inside getting things out of the basement and getting that cleared. Then tomorrow I'm going to start building a flood wall," says Clark.

These small bags, have large goals. But getting them came as part of a surprise to Clark, who's dealt with a flood before in Bismarck. When county workers told Clark they would take care of his sandbag needs, he was impressed. "He said how many you think you need... I had already calculated what I needed. They said ok we'll drop them off in pallets. And I go wow this is great! The people from the county to city have been great, you can't ask for more!" Said Clark.

Every semi you see on the road carrying sandbags holds about 20 pallets, which adds up to least two thousand sandbags. While on Monday you likely saw them on the south end of Fargo, you'll be seeing more of them throughout town.

Benson says crews are working on hitting the areas that need the bags first, "as the week progresses we'll start shifting to north of town along the Red as well as areas along the Sheyenne."

But for now, Clark is going to take the watch and wait approach. Preparing to break out the sandbags within the next few days.... But hoping he won't have too.

"I just don't want to have to move again. Fighting the flood, the physical work, the mental preparation. I've done it. I was preparing for a flood fight that could last 2 to 3 months. So fighting a flood that will last 5 to 10 days it's not as daunting. But I don't want to move again." Says Clark.

The creation of the clay dike near Lindenwood Park is crucial not just to the south Fargo neighborhood but the city of Fargo as a whole. Just down the road from where the dike is being built sits the cities water plant that must stay dry. Fargo construction crews will be working 24 hours a day until the dike is complete.

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