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Published May 14, 2009, 07:00 PM

Corps works on sorting bags and sand

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Imagine hundreds of thousands of sandbags all headed to one big pile. The Corps is removing and now sorting bags and sand as part of the flood clean up. And with a fancy "knife and blade" system, cities and counties will be able to recycle sand without worrying about the bags.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Imagine hundreds of thousands of sandbags all headed to one big pile. The Corps is removing and now sorting bags and sand as part of the flood clean up. And with a fancy "knife and blade" system, cities and counties will be able to recycle sand without worrying about the bags.

Think of the six million sandbags starting to roll into the army corps' separation system.

“Approx 75-thousand ton of sandbags are going to be processed.”

That's a lot of sandbags. Trucks rolling all day long, hauling bags from Fargo and Cass County to a spot where sand goes out one way, the bags another.

“There are sandbags clear from Oxbow area, all the way to West Fargo and up north of West Fargo to the Harwood area.”

Front end loaders dump the sandbags into a chute; inside the machine, a drum and some nasty sharp power knives.

“Five rows of triangle shaped blades that poke the bag and slice them and the sand falls through the grate and the bags go out the other end.”

And it is not only the millions of sandbags but the miles of hesco barriers and all the sand that has been inside of them.

The county may use some of the sand for its road projects and some may be sold. There will be plenty to go around. It could be three weeks before all the sandbags are collected.

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