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Published April 22, 2013, 04:50 PM

Flood Fight in Cass County has begun

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Cass County has a head start in sandbag deployment, with trucks already rolling out thousands, heading to areas that need them most.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Cass County has a head start in sandbag deployment, with trucks already rolling out thousands, heading to areas that need them most.

Today marked day one of five. Crews will deliver about 50-thousand bags each day this week. Cass County has more than 550-thousand sandbags ready for deployment beginning today.

Heather Westlund/Chrisan resident: "Well, we're preparing for the worst and hoping for the best like we do every year."

Trucks are taking off from the Cass County highway department, piled high with protection for families like the Westlunds.

They live in the Chrisan Subdivision south of Fargo. One of the first neighborhoods to get bags delivered, meaning one of the first to possibly go under countywide.

Jason Benson/Cass Co. Engineer: "These are the areas that are critical at even a 37 or 39 foot flood. That really gets us prepared to start later in the week on areas that have potential for flooding at those higher elevations."

Westlund: "With the new flood forecast we doubled our request from the county and they delivered them this morning. So we're all happy campers now."

Crews also took bags to homes along 76th Avenue and in the Forest River area. Homeowners who want to buy additional bags and have sand delivered can call the county to schedule a time .

The county also started filling trap bags today in the Stockmans subdivision. And plans to start levee construction tomorrow.

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