Volunteers needed to help remove sandbagsLutheran Social Service of Minnesota is calling on volunteers statewide to help flood-weary residents in Moorhead and Clay County remove sandbags from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and again May 2.
By: Dave Olson, INFORUM
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is calling on volunteers statewide to help flood-weary residents in Moorhead and Clay County remove sandbags from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and again May 2.
“These folks have been through a great deal of trauma and are exhausted,” said Cindy Johnson, director of Disaster Services for Lutheran Social Service.
“When people stand with others who have been affected by a disaster, their spirits are really uplifted. Volunteers are urgently needed now to help our good neighbors in the Red River Valley,” Johnson said.
One area needing help is rural Clay County, said Bryan Green, the county’s emergency management director.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will help remove sandbags from front-line dikes in Moorhead as well as Oakport Township homes tied to Moorhead water and sewer.
But Green said many other households in the county need help moving sandbags from homes to the street where they can be picked up.
Anyone in Clay County who wants help moving sandbags can call Green at (218) 299-7357 to be placed on a list.
They can also call FirstLink at (701) 476-4000.
People interested in volunteering can also call FirstLink, which is coordinating the volunteer effort.
Volunteers driving by car are asked to meet at the Wal-Mart at 1711 Center Ave. W., Dilworth, and take a shuttle to the former VFW at 2201 1st Ave. N., in Moorhead, where they will register.
Volunteers arriving by bus should go directly to the former VFW to register.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, preferably rubber gloves, and dress appropriately for the weather.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555