Sandbag operations got underway in the Central valley this afternoon.
Students joined in the effort to stockpile sandbags in Halstad. Seventy Norman County West high school students took a break from their studies to sandbag. Basically, the only instruction they needed was to get started.
Man: "Get at it…."
Dylan Johnson, Student: "8th grade…"
Reporter: "You're already a veteran?"
Johnson: "Yea, in 2009 that was a pretty bad flood. I sandbagged every day for 2-weeks."
Reporter: "Have you done this before?"
Haley Waridcke, Student: "Yea, a lot."
Reporter: "What's better… school or sandbagging?"
Those sandbags are being stockpiled, just in case. It's hoped a lower flood forecast level in Fargo means they won't be needed here in Halstad, 35-miles of Fargo, along the Red River. If the sandbags are needed, they'll be used to fill in the low spots and entryways to a dike system that already protects Halstad.
Flood coordinators say the best outcome would be…. not having use sandbags this year.
Robin Stene, Halstad: "That's exactly right. If we could dump em in some kid's sandbox that would be a good deal."
On Wednesday, students are scheduled to stockpile sandbags in Shelley, just north of Halstad.