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Published April 21, 2013, 10:05 PM

Fargo getting head start on sandbag and clay levee transportation

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The flood fight was scheduled to kick into high gear tomorrow, but a lot of Fargo neighborhoods saw action today.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The flood fight was scheduled to kick into high gear tomorrow, but a lot of Fargo neighborhoods saw action today.

City officials say there are so many signs and barricades to put up, they got a head start.

These signs are going to start looking very familiar. More than 15 blocks are already closed off to make room for trucks hauling sandbags and clay levee materials.

Trucks are already hauling clay, closing the roads makes this process safer and quicker. But for residents along those roads it's the same thing year after year.

In this neighborhood just off of University drive, people are getting used to finding alternate routes home.

Aaron Yaggie, Fargo Resident: "It's kind of a pain because everyone has to drive through Broadway now, instead of being able to take University all the way down."

Aaron Yaggie lives on the very edge of this neighborhood with his brother. He says while it is kind of a hassle, they're willing to deal with it.

Yaggie: "It might add an extra five, ten minutes to your drive. But I mean it works out if it's what's best for the city."

Seven more blocks will be closed off starting at 8:30 on Monday morning. And for those who live near the river, start looking for parking restrictions that are also going into effect.

Authorities want to remind drivers when the clay spills onto roads, it becomes extremely slick.

Things get cranked up another notch tomorrow and that action continues throughout the week. Here's a look at what you can expect.

Things will get started Monday with crews filling trap bags in south Fargo. Also roads will be closing and parking restrictions enforced as they prepare for sandbag deployment.

And those sandbags get delivered starting Tuesday. And that's when you'll see those semis and police escorts heading through town.

This is a three day project starting on the North side of town on Tuesday. Wednesday will be the central part of Fargo and Thursday the south side.

It's then Thursday and Friday next week when high school students will be working in neighborhoods to place those bags.

That will likely be a two day process, but those students could come back the following Monday or Tuesday if need be.

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