FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Volunteers came from near and far — and behind bars — to help with the first day of sandbagging operations in Fargo.

Sandbags are being filled at a city warehouse known as “Sandbag Central.” A third straight major flood is predicted along the Red River in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn. This is the earliest start to the flood fight.

One volunteer, Ryan Skarka, drove about 50 miles from Detroit Lakes, Minn. He says he owes something to residents of the Fargo-Moorhead area because thousands of them helped out tornado victims last summer in Wadena, Minn. His parents lost their garage and the roof of their house to the twister.

More than 20 inmates from the Cass County jail were on hand when Sandbag Central opened at 8 a.m. Monday.

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Comments (11)
  1. Michele says:

    Why keep sandbagging an area that constantly floods? It’s time to move and for those of you who didn’t get Flood Insurance…You were warned.

    1. mindywadholm says:

      Do you not recall the whole town of Grand Forks getting submerged under water? Should we pick up the whole town and move it? Even the fields are plump full of water. We only have so much control over where the water flows. It is not just the immediate neighborhoods along the river but major sections of the town. Let’s help our neighbors and be there for each other. Isn’t that right thing to do?

  2. Susie Lange says:

    Michelle, because it’s their home. Try selling a house in a flood plane during these economic times. Flood insurance is a JOKE and an expensive one at that. Don’t judge people when you don’t know the whole story.

    1. Skeezer says:

      Do we live in a flood zone ?? I think someone hit a nerve

  3. dally says:

    @ Susie UMMMMMM MAYBE they should never have built their homes in a flood zone to begin with>>>>>> MAYBE???? YA THINK?

    1. Megann says:

      Riiiiiiiiiiight, because 100 year floods and 500 year floods normally happen every year. And we need water to survive, now it’s easy to get water from place to place, but back when the western part of the US was being settled it was natural to set up a town by a river, or by a railroad. Now the small towns that popped up by the railroads are dying too, are you going to say, “Well it’s your fault for living in the middle of nowhere.”?

  4. Bernie says:

    How about don’t buy or build a house in the floodplain in the first place?!

  5. It's MY HOUSE says:

    @susie….I have to agree with you! It’s JUST like the people who live on a busy street being angry there is traiifc! DEAL WITH IT! But still….it’s their HOME! You PROTECT your home! I guess the view of the river has it’s price…but one worth fighting…..

  6. Katy says:

    It is glaringly obvious that none of you have ever lived or even visited the Red River Valley area. If people were to “move” to avoid the flood, it would pretty much evacuate the whole towns of Fargo, Moorhead, East Grand Forks and Grand Forks, not to mention many other small towns. Thats hundreds of thousands of people in a major and much needed metro areas. If Fargo was gone, people within 60 miles in all direction that go there to shop, see concerts, etc (things you can’t do in small towns) would be forced to go even farther for things they need. And as Megann said, these people didn’t build their houses there, many of them were built years ago when the area was settled near the river to be close to water and shipping/trading routes and then more when it expanded. I am frankly appalled at the lack of compassion and am just grateful that there are hundreds more people out there that come from all around driving hours and even taking time off work (I intend to be one of them!) to help these people in their time of need. If you ever need help, here’s hoping everyone you ask doesn’t say “Sorry, can’t. It’s your own fault anyway.”

  7. Kelly says:

    Ok, lets quit the bickering and pitch in and help. Weather patterns have changed and this and other ‘issues’ are out of these peoples control…. If you have it in your heart to volunteer some time and back pain, that is the right thing to do here…

  8. concerned ND citizen says:

    Why does Fargo (and any other city applicable) wait until now to start filling sandbags and making preparations for flood season? The city knows there is a high chance for flooding every year, why wait until the last minute? Why hasn’t there been a long-term solution put in for flooding? “Oh, we’ll just wait and see, and if it does get bad, we’ll just beg the governor to call in the National Guard…”

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