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Published April 22, 2013, 08:50 AM

Sandbagging operations set in rural subdivisions

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The flood fight is kicking into high gear in southeastern North Dakota.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The flood fight is kicking into high gear in southeastern North Dakota.

The National Weather Service has warned residents in Fargo and Cass County to prepare for record amounts of high water from the Red River and its tributaries. It would be the fourth major flood in five years.

County officials say sandbagging operations were scheduled to begin Monday in outlying areas of Fargo.

Cass County Commissioner Ken Pawluk says residents in rural subdivisions should prepare for record flooding from the Sheyenne River and other Red River tributaries.

Sandbags will be delivered to city residents beginning Tuesday. High school students will help place the bags on Thursday and Friday.

The weather service says the Red River has a 40 percent chance of topping the 2009 record of nearly 41 feet.

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