Moorhead looking at options for unused sandbagsMoorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The lower than expected crest in Fargo-Moorhead was good news for both cities, but it means that there is a surplus of full, unused sandbags. Moorhead is trying to figure out what to do with theirs.
In this warehouse and another one on the north side of town, the city of Moorhead still has 644,000 unused sandbags. It would cost the city around 1 million dollars to dispose of the bags.
MIKE REDLINGER - Moorhead City Manager: “Well the FEMA policy is to reimburse the destruction of the bags, so that is policy. There is not participation from the federal government or state government in storing sandbags, that's a local cost.”
The cost of storing bags could range anywhere from just over 150 thousand dollars if the city goes with outside storage to upwards of 1/2 a million dollars to store them inside depending on whether they store just a portion of them and whether they humidify the building to keep the sand in optimal shape.
In the end it may be a mix of these options and that will be for the city council to decide in the next few weeks.