GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks County is handing out empty sandbags to residents concerned about potential flooding, particularly in rural areas.

County sheds have more than 365,000 sandbags available, though they still need to be filled with sand. The sheds are open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 am.

“If they have areas of their home or property they want to protect, they have access to bags. It's not typically a product people have easy access to,” said Nick West, Grand Forks County Highway Engineer.

The Grand Forks County Emergency Management office has also launched a 2019 flood fight website with information about river levels, road closures and more.

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Sandbags are available at the following locations:

  • Grand Forks - 1700 N. Columbia Road.
  • Manvel - 505 Oldham Ave.
  • Emerado - 107 W. Emery Ave.
  • Gilby - 15 Fifth St.
  • Inkster - 523 Railroad Ave. E.
  • Northwood - 407 34th St. NE
  • Larimore - 102 Walcott Ave.