Volunteers from Headwaters Relief prepare to head to Fargo to help sandbag the Red River. Photo by Greg Kellogg / FOX 9 News.
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (KMSP) -
Volunteers from the Headwaters Relief organization in the Twin Cities headed to Sandbag Central in Fargo, N.D. early Friday morning to join the fight against spring flooding along the Red River.
The city of Fargo is trying to fill about one million sandbags, which they hope to complete in about a week.
"We're always looking for those opportunities to volunteer," said volunteer Jason Hoffrogge. "Fact of the matter is a lot of this stuff doesn't happen unless you volunteer. It's one of those things that's out of the ordinary, a break in the normal routine. It's just an opportunity to help people."
Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn. are preparing for a top five historic flood. Flood stage for the Red River is 18 ft., but last month's National Weather Service flood outlook shows a 50 percent chance the river will exceed 38 ft. at Fargo, beating the No. 5 all-time highest crest of 37.34 ft. in 1969.
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker has said the city will do "whatever's necessary" to protect its residents.