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Cass County needs volunteers to fill sandbags ahead of expected flooding

Luke Gietzen, a seventh-grader from Kindred, N.D., spins a sandbag while volunteering in 2011 at Cass County's sandbagging operation, known as the "River Wrangler Warehouse" in West Fargo. Forum file photo

WEST FARGO — Cass County is seeking volunteers to fill sandbags from Wednesday, March 27, to Friday, April 5, at the Cass County Highway Shop at 1201 Main Ave. W. in West Fargo.

Volunteers are needed weekdays and weekends. Weekday shifts run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Weekend shifts are slated for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 31.

To maximize productivity, 55 to 60 volunteers per shift are needed. Businesses, civic organizations, rural subdivisions and other groups are encouraged to help out.

"Cass County cannot provide maximum flood protection to our rural residents without citizen involvement," county officials said in a news release. "This is the only sandbag operation supporting rural Cass County."

To volunteer, call the county’s volunteer coordinator, Chip Ammerman, at 701-239-6700. For general flood-related information, call County Administrator Robert Wilson at 701-241-5770. The county also has launched its flood hotline: 701-241-8000.

Cass County has announced it will host three meetings with residents to discuss how to best prepare for spring flooding.

The meetings are meant to inform residents about initial flood prevention activities planned for rural neighborhoods. The three meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on their respective days:

  • Monday, March 25, at the Hickson (N.D.) Community Center for residents who live south of County Road 14.
  • Tuesday, March 26, the multi-purpose room at Bennett Elementary School, 2000 58th Ave. S. in Fargo, for residents living between Interstate 94 and County Road 14.
  • Wednesday, March 27, at the Harwood (N.D.) Community Center, 210 Freedland Drive for residents who live north of I-94.

Officials expect residents will see countywide impacts due to overland flooding. Some residents could be surrounded by water and isolated, leaders warned Monday as county commissioners signed an emergency declaration.

The county may host more meetings as flood forecasts develop.

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