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Published April 03, 2013, 10:01 PM

Some residents continue sandbagging after 16 years

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Students aren't the only ones helping out. There are those die-hard volunteers who call the chaos home for a few weeks, some with years of experience.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Students aren't the only ones helping out. There are those die-hard volunteers who call the chaos home for a few weeks, some with years of experience.

Tom Glass is no stranger to Sandbag Central. He's been coming here since we battled water in 1997.

Tom Glass, Volunteer: "Shovels and sand piles and sitting on buckets."

He is here at it again.

Glass: “Some satisfaction knowing I have contributed something back to the community.”

And he plans to maintain this volunteer schedule, here every day on his own during the war on water.

Glass: “When the chips are down, people have to come through to do.”

A lot has changed since that first flood fight in 1997. The spider machine has replaced the back breaking work and there is an army of volunteers of students and firefighters to turn chaos into organized chaos.

Dan Johnston is also retired. Today he helps makes the job easier for the sandbag fillers, loosening the cutting the bags so they are easy to work with.

Dan Johnston, Volunteer: “I usually come every day for a few hours.”

Dan has been here at Sandbag Central since the first battle 16 years ago.

Johnston: “Somebody's gotta do it. If you live in a community you have to something once in a while, and if I was at home I wouldn't be doing anything and my wife would be on my, you know what, on my other end.”

Smack dab in the middle of students, dedicated volunteers who make Sandbag Central just part of their day. Hoping this is one of those years, when we make sandbags, we don't need.

To volunteer, call 701-476-4000.

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