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Published April 04, 2013, 09:23 AM

Fargo volunteers fill 110K sandbags in first day

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Volunteers in Fargo filled 110,000 sandbags during the first day of a 10-day campaign at Sandbag Central.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Volunteers in Fargo filled 110,000 sandbags during the first day of a 10-day campaign at Sandbag Central.

A storage shed for garbage trucks has been transformed into Sandbag Central, where volunteers are 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.

The goal is a million sandbags. 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.

Officials hope to wrap up operations by April 13.

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