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Published March 16, 2010, 09:34 AM

Area students step up to protect homeowners

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With police escort, more than a thousand students from area schools came out to save the city, again. Spring break may have cut into the volunteer force, but the high schools stepped up, and allowed teen-agers to fill and throw sand bags that will protect homeowners and the metro.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Call it the “Youth Factor.” Back yards all along the river in south Fargo, packed today with students willing to build a wall against the Red. More than 12-hundred teenagers from around the metro answered the call, fanning out across the region to help homeowners keep the river out of town.

“It feels good and there is the whole get out of school thing and if given the choice of school or sandbagging everyone is going to pick sandbagging.”

Jon Forknell lives along River Drive. He lost his home in the 97 flood in Grand Forks, battled it here last year, and now this.

“Whatever happens, we will deal with this and it is nice to have all these people helping every step of the way.”

Those living along the river, grateful the young people showed up in force. Arms and backs will be weary and ragged tonight, but all can look at a wall of sandbags and know that once again, they helped save us.

And late this afternoon, Moorhead school students arrived at MSUM's Nemzek Hall, where they were bused to areas needing sandbagging.