Moorhead officials asking for volunteers ahead of sandbag preps

MGN PHOTO: Bags filled with sand to stop a storm surge, Photo Date: March 29, 2008
MGN PHOTO: Bags filled with sand to stop a storm surge, Photo Date: March 29, 2008(KMVT)
Published: Mar. 25, 2019 at 4:06 PM CDT
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Registration opens for individuals and organizations as Moorhead sandbag operations center opens Wednesday at 9 am.

We've come a long way, Moorhead! In the past 10 years, 263 vulnerable homes have been bought out, 12.1 miles of permanent levees constructed, and other important mitigation projects completed.

Because of our flood mitigation progress, it's estimated Moorhead needs 150,000 sandbags for the 2019 flood, a great contrast to the 2.5 million needed in 2009. A huge reduction, but unfortunately, sandbags don't fill themselves. Moorhead needs your help!

Volunteer Details:

Hours of Operation:

•Wednesday, March 27 - Saturday, March 30 - 9 am to 9 pm

•Sunday, March 31 - 12 noon - 9 pm

•Monday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 3 (or until we meet our goal) - 9 am to 9 pm

Volunteer Sign Up:

•Register online for one (or more!) 2-hour shift

•Groups of volunteers are especially encouraged to register in advance

• No internet? Sign up through our Call Center at 218.299.5300 during regular business hours

Volunteers will need to sign a waiver. Volunteers ages 14 - 17 can work independently with parent/guardian signature. Bring photo ID. Volunteers 13 and under must work with a parent or guardian present. Waiver forms can be filled out in advance and will also be available on-site.

Location: Moorhead Sandbag Operations Center - 1313 30 Ave S (Moorhead Public Schools Operations Center)

Parking & Transportation:

•Park on the west side of the building only, please. Volunteer check-in will be through door #1 on the west side of the building

•Volunteers can ride free on MATBUS, which runs all operating hours excluding Sundays. Route 5 has a bus stop at 30 Ave and 13 St S (arriving at :16 and :46 after the hour), and at Belsly Blvd and 14 St S (arriving at :03 and :33 after the hour). Just tell the driver you are on your way to sandbag!

•Google Maps can help you plan your trip, or call 701.232.7500 for route information.

More information is available at, including bus routes for campuses and what to wear.

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