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Published April 03, 2013, 09:14 AM

'Sandbag Central' opens 10 day campaign in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's largest city is kicking off a 10-day campaign to fill a million sandbags.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's largest city is kicking off a 10-day campaign to fill a million sandbags.

A storage shed for garbage trucks has been transformed into Sandbag Central, where volunteers will be manning three so-called "Spider" machines, each of which can produce 5,000 bags an hour.

The bags may be needed to protect residents against what is predicted to be one of the top five Red River floods of all time in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn.

Fargo has 750,000 sandbags left over from the flood of 2011. The city sent 800,000 bags to the Bismarck area that year, during historic Missouri River flooding.

Sandbag Central is scheduled to open Wednesday morning. Officials hope to wrap up operations by April 13.

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