Sandbag delivery begins ahead of floods in Fargo

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Police are escorting truck convoys carrying sandbags into the lowest areas of Fargo, N.D. because the red river is rising rapidly.

One of Doug Stensguard's dogs, Annie, looks out over what used to be a 5-acre yard and an out building that is now flooded by the rising Red River, Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in Fargo, N.D. Stensguard built an earthen and sandbag dike around his home in the hope of holding back the rising floodwater from the Red River. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Police are escorting truck convoys carrying sandbags into the lowest areas of Fargo, N.D. because the red river is rising rapidly.

The river in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota is expected to crest on Saturday about 20 feet above flood stage and three feet below last year's record crest.

City and county officials held an emergency meeting Monday after the National Weather Service bumped up its flood crest forecast because of warm weather and rain. Officials mapped out plans to deliver sandbags and build clay levees.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says the city is prepared to hold back the water. But he says “the emphasis has changed dramatically.”
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