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Published April 24, 2013, 10:05 PM

Moorhead deploying sandbags despite positive projections

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Despite the lowered projections, the city of Moorhead deployed thousands of sandbags to Elm Street today where the river poses the biggest threat.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Despite the lowered projections, the city of Moorhead deployed thousands of sandbags to Elm Street today where the river poses the biggest threat.

Most Moorhead homeowners don't have too much to worry about. Much of the city is protected until 41 or even 42 feet. But for a dozen or so their fight against the flood begins now.

Billy Iverson, Moorhead Resident: "So just chuck 'em in there, about eight or ten of them. And then we take them down to the dike."

Work might be an understatement for a dike this size.

Iverson: “We want to stay here because we love it."

This is a race against the red and Billy Iverson plans to win it.

Iverson: "In ‘09, it was just lapping at the very top of that thermometer."

On the very first day of deployment, he's already stacked about 2,500 bags.

Iverson: "If it gets to 39 or 40 we're going to have to throw some more bags on here."

His house looks over the river at about 38 feet, one of the few unprotected.

Michael Redlinger, Moorhead City Manager: "We have seven properties at 38 feet and about 12 properties at 39 feet that would be doing some bagging.”

But this isn't Billy's first run at the red.

Iverson: "Like I said, it's wide enough if we have to add more bags, we sure can."

And with a better outlook and unlimited volunteers, he plans to cross the flood finish line well before the Red will crest.

Sunday is the day Moorhead hopes to complete their sandbagging. They're urging volunteers to register to get the job done.

You can call 218-299-5107 to sign up.

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