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Published April 28, 2011, 09:15 AM

Sandbagging efforts help save homes from floodwaters in Otter Tail County

Pelican Rapids, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Just as quickly as sandbags are being filled, they're being used by rural homeowners in Otter Tail County. Homeowners are continuously fighting flood waters. Today, more than 6-thousand sandbags were filled in Pelican Rapids, but it's not enough.

Sandbagging efforts are popping up all over Otter Tail County to help save homes like this one from floodwaters, but county leaders are now looking to other counties for help.

On top of the more than 20-thousand bags already made by the county, 17-hundred are being donated by Wilkin County, another thousand donated from the Twin Cities, and county leaders are looking into getting more from Clay County.

DALLAS GREWE - Otter Tail County: “A lot of problems, a lot of homes are in trouble out here."

Homes like this one near Lake Olaf already have water inside of the home, but with more than a dozen others threatened by rising lakes without outlets, Leaders think the extra sandbags will give them much needed protection.

Dallas Grewe: "We hope for the people’s sake, that live around the lakes that it will quit coming up. And these sandbags will work and help them out, but it remains to be seen how far this goes I guess."

Sandbagging efforts will get underway again tomorrow in Perham.