Similar to 2009, a Fargo flood volunteer website will allow you to see where assistance is needed to ensure sandbag-filling spiders are running at full capacity.
The website, www.FargoND.gov/FloodVolunteers, is a tool which can be used both by individuals and groups to schedule when to volunteer at the city solid waste facility at 2301 8th Ave. N.
During operating hours, 200 volunteers are needed at all times. When members are ready to register to volunteer, they are encouraged to call the Fargo Sandbag Central Hotline at 701-476-4000. Sandbag Central will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26. Operations will continue on a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekday schedule until the sandbag goal has been reached.
Sandbag filling is set to begin Tuesday, March 26, at Sandbag Central, 2301 8th Ave. N., with weekday work running 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until 1 million bags are filled, city officials said.
It is critically important for everyone to know that we need the publics assistance in this time of need; we cannot be complacent, Mayor Tim Mahoney said in a statement. Once again, we need to see the spirit of Fargo across our volunteer efforts. Working together, were all committed to successfully protecting the Fargo metro.
The website is attached, its a tool which can be used both by individuals and groups in deciding when to volunteer.
The Red River in Fargo is expected to reach its major flood level in the coming weeks, with the crest most likely in mid-April, according to the National Weather Service. Theres about a 5 percent chance the river could break its 2009 record of 40.84 feet.
Fargo expects it will need 200 volunteers per hour to meet its goal. It doesnt appear the city will need volunteers on the weekend, for now, the release said.
Students have been asked to help with sandbagging efforts. The request is for eighth-graders in Fargo and West Fargo public schools to start filling sandbags next week. And high school students may be asked to help place sandbags along the river in the coming weeks.
A shift schedule has been shared on the Fargo School District's website, and the plans are below. The district will provide transportation and lunch for students. Participation is not mandatory, but those participating need to complete a permission slip and wear appropriate clothing.
A spokesperson with West Fargo Public Schools said eighth-graders at Cheney Middle School will be at Sandbag Central Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2. Eighth-graders from Liberty Middle School will be there Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5.
Moorhead Area Public Schools has not made a decision about students helping with sandbag efforts, a district official said.
The city of Fargo and Cass County have both declared states of emergency to prepare for flooding. The city of Moorhead plans to do so Friday, March 22, and Clay County is expected to follow suit Tuesday.