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Sandbag Volunteers Needed

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It's the calm before the rush to get everything in place for those who live along the river. Sandbags are sitting on the front lawns of many riverfront home, and they'll soon be the difference between staying dry and losing everything. And this battle requires a lot of work.

Sharon Kaseman of South Fargo says, "A lot of time, a lot of agony, a lot of money up front."

She's doing everything she can.

"Slow and steady wins the race," says Kaseman.

And making sure all the necessary preps are done.

Kaseman says, "We have to start on the back corners of our house sandbag all the way around the yard."

That way, she and her husband....

"Then around here to our garage and the same on the other side," says Kaseman.

Can be as efficient and effective as possible when it's time to fight.

Kaseman says, "The other side goes really low, so we have to do a lot of sandbags."

The Kaseman's have a lot of work ahead of them. In order to protect their home alone, they'll need 6000 sandbags. And they say they'll take all the help they can get.

Kaseman says, "I would make the best BBQ sandwiches for them for lunch. BBQ sandwiches and lemonade."

A small gesture for a bigger purpose, because she's not just looking out for herself.

"The owner of this house passed away, so there's another house that we need to protect," says Kaseman.

It's a fight she didn't sign up for, one that she's had to do multiple times, but she's not backing down.

Kaseman says, "We're not going to give that up, we're going to take care of it, and in return, we'll be taken care of."

Starting Wednesday, people can sign up to help out the Kasemans and others who need a few extra hands to protect their homes in the Fargo and Moorhead area. The actual building of sandbag dikes will start on Thursday.

Fargo already has 2200 students from area schools signed up to sandbag on Thursday, but they're also looking for at least 500 community volunteers everyday to make the sandbagging process as fast as possible.

To volunteer in Moorhead, call 218-299-5107
To volunteer in Fargo, call 701-476-4000

The city of Fargo says they will has buses on hand to take people to sandbag locations.

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