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Published April 17, 2013, 06:18 PM

Moorhead on track for flood preperations

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - With about 400,000 sandbags still in storage, Moorhead officials say they're right on track for flood prep.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - With about 400,000 sandbags still in storage, Moorhead officials say they're right on track for flood prep.

City officials say Moorhead has enough left over for a 41 foot flood, with two feet of freeboard. So with current flood predictions, city manager Michael Redlinger says they're ready to go, without volunteers.

He says the city has done millions of dollars of work in buyouts and permanent protection since the flood of '09. Only the homeowners who refused buyouts along the river should worry.

Michael Redlinger, Moorhead City Manager: “Well all of our bags have been stored so we have everything heated up and ready to go. Bags are thawed out and ready to deploy when that time is appropriate and right. So, 400,000 went into storage and that's what we had retained after 2011.”

Redlinger says if predictions go above 43 feet, they'll need volunteer sandbag help.

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