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Published April 13, 2011, 12:48 PM

Fargo storing unused sandbags

The collection of about 350-thousand of those contingency sandbags just adds to the total number of sandbags Fargo can now put back into storage.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With the river dropping in the metro, many are eager to get the sandbag levees down.

Fargo is asking homeowners to wait until water is off their dikes, likely sometime this weekend, before they start removing sandbags. Contingency bags will be removed from the streets, so there will be room for the used bags to go and so used and unused bags don't get mixed up.

The collection of about 350-thousand of those contingency sandbags just adds to the total number of sandbags Fargo can now put back into storage.

Fargo has about 1.9 million unused sandbags in storage facilities like this one. They're offering 500-thousand of those to communities still in need, but the rest will be waiting here for next year's fight.

Fargo started their fight about 3 million sandbags and only used about a million of those. That surplus in leftover bags puts the city in good shape and also puts us in a position to help our neighbors, by offering these bags, ready to go, if they still need them this year.

BRUCE GRUBB - Fargo Enterprise Department: “If those all get requested, we would have a total remaining of close to a million and a half that we plan on preserving for flood fight 2012, which I hope never happens."

But if it happens, these leftovers are in the bag.

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