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More than 325 cities represented in volunteer effort to fill sandbags for Fargo flood fight
StarTribune.com ^ | 3/20/11 | AP

Posted on 03/20/2011 2:54:07 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

Fargo city officials say volunteers came from 22 states and more than 325 cities to help fill sandbags for the upcoming Red River flood fight.

The city opened so-called Sandbag Central on Valentine's Day and filled about 2.5 million bags in 22 days. The sandbags are scheduled to be delivered to neighborhoods later this week.

About 12,800 people joined the effort.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: fargo; floods; sandbags; volunteers
Now here's a shining example of what happens when the government butts the hell out,
1 posted on 03/20/2011 2:54:11 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

“...the upcoming Red River flood fight...”
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First I’ve heard of it, what’s going on?


2 posted on 03/20/2011 3:02:53 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (My best comments get deleted; if you can read this, it is not on the 'cutting edge'.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Heavy snows last winter are melting along with ice in the river backing the river up.


3 posted on 03/20/2011 3:04:45 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Happens almost every year. With all of the snowfall we’ve had along with coming rains, this could be a record flood year.


4 posted on 03/20/2011 3:05:57 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Sharia? No, thanks.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; Blood of Tyrants

Thanks, from this far away, all I can offer is my prayers.


5 posted on 03/20/2011 3:08:33 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (My best comments get deleted; if you can read this, it is not on the 'cutting edge'.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Thanks, they can use ‘em.


6 posted on 03/20/2011 3:11:15 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Sharia? No, thanks.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Happens almost every year. With all of the snowfall we’ve had along with coming rains, this could be a record flood year.

So why keep filling sandbags? This seems like a situation that could use a more long term solution.


7 posted on 03/20/2011 3:15:04 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: freedomfiter2

It’s been discussed, believe me.

But, they need to either put in a massive, permanent system of dikes or find a place to store 3 million sandbags.


8 posted on 03/20/2011 3:17:55 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Sharia? No, thanks.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Now here's a shining example of what happens when the government butts the hell out,

Isn't "Sandbag Central" run by the City? It is government working with volunteers.

9 posted on 03/20/2011 3:19:10 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring

Without 13,000 VOLUNTEERS, there would be no ‘Sandbag Central’.

And then, government would REALLY get involved.

(Think: Taxes.)


10 posted on 03/20/2011 3:24:15 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Sharia? No, thanks.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I live near enough to the Mississippi to see the barge
lights on a clear night. Whoever coined the phrase “sand
bagging” for goofing off never did it or had a supreme sense
of irony.


11 posted on 03/20/2011 3:24:47 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

They really need a huge water diversion area, a seasonal man made lake. Dikes just make it a problem for someone else downstream.


12 posted on 03/20/2011 3:26:16 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter

The Red River flows north into Canada.....

I know, I’m awful...

;-)


13 posted on 03/20/2011 3:29:21 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Sharia? No, thanks.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

They would call in the guard if they needed them to help out. I will be in Fargo at the end of April. Hopefully the flooding won’t be that bad.


14 posted on 03/20/2011 3:31:03 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring

Best of luck to you...


15 posted on 03/20/2011 3:33:54 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Sharia? No, thanks.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I wonder why people choose to live in a place that floods every few years? Even New Orleans does not flood that often.


16 posted on 03/20/2011 3:50:36 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: freedomfiter2

Why don’t they build Dykes?


17 posted on 03/20/2011 5:18:21 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Heavy snows last winter are melting along with ice in the river backing the river up.

I was born and raised in Grand Forks. It seemed like every year we got out of school to fill sand bags. The 500 year flood of 1997 was by far the worst.

18 posted on 03/20/2011 5:19:22 PM PDT by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

We could import the great wall of China.

We import everything else from there, bet we could get that shipped too...


19 posted on 03/20/2011 6:34:03 PM PDT by thatjoeguy (Wind is just air, but pushier.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
"Happens almost every year. With all of the snowfall we’ve had along with coming rains, this could be a record flood year."

If my memory serves me correctly, this was the way the big Mississippi flood started out in 1993.

20 posted on 03/20/2011 6:50:15 PM PDT by redhead ("I think I'm the best fish filleter in the whole third grade." --Piper Palin)
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To: redhead

I’m old enough to remember the big one in ‘65,,


21 posted on 03/20/2011 7:02:58 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Sharia? No, thanks.)
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