Moorhead volunteers still neededAbout 75 volunteers pitched in to fill 10,000 sandbags for the city of Moorhead on Wednesday, and officials hope the same thing happens today.
By: Dave Olson, INFORUM
About 75 volunteers pitched in to fill 10,000 sandbags for the city of Moorhead on Wednesday, and officials hope the same thing happens today.
The city wants to boost its sandbag reserves so it is ready to fix leaks that may occur as the Red River hits a second crest sometime late next week.
The reported number of reserve sandbags has varied.
On Wednesday, the number was pegged at about 200,000, according to police Lt. Tory Jacobson, who said the city was grateful for the volunteer turnout.
He said for today, volunteers are again being asked to gather from 1 p.m. until dark at the former Moorhead VFW at Highway 10 and Highway 75.
From there they will be bused to the Dilworth maintenance shop to fill sandbags.
Jacobson said the Moorhead Fire Department completed a survey of the city’s sandbag dikes and officials are confident most are at 43 feet and in good shape.
However, he said, a few areas need attention and the city is looking for a few groups of volunteers to place sandbags at specific locations.
Groups interested in helping should call Jacobson at (218) 790-4240.
Residents who have questions about their dikes or dike elevation should call the city at (218) 299-5390.
Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland said the latest National Weather Service forecast – that the Red may crest between 38 feet and 40 feet sometime between April 16 and 18 – was good news.
But he said predictions have a way of changing.
In reality, the latest forecast “is a benchmark that’s good for the eighth of April,” said Voxland.
For more information about Moorhead’s flood fighting efforts, including the current plan for contingency dikes under construction, go to www.cityofmoorhead.com
The Minnesota Department of Transportation Wednesday announced short-term closures of the ramps to Interstate 94 at Eighth Street in Moorhead to allow for dike work in the area.
The ramps are expected to reopen for the duration of the area’s flood event, officials said.
Also Wednesday, Clay County Social Services said a number of agencies in Clay and Cass counties are offering free mental health counseling to people dealing with stress caused by the flood.
For referral information, call FirstLink at (701) 476-4000.
For hot line support, call (701) 235-7335, or 211.
Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said the Salvation Army distributed cleanup kits in Oakport Township Wednesday and plans to do so again Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at the intersection of 14th Avenue and Wall Street.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555