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Army Corps of Engineers awards Fargo sandbag levee contract to Minnesota company

FARGO - A Middle River, Minn., company will oversee the removal of sandbags after this spring's flood, receiving the $1 million contract from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Spruce Valley Corp. of Middle River will begin making its first pass through Fargo neighborhoods early this week, according to a news release from the Corps.

The contract was awarded Friday, with the Corps sending out a news release Saturday afternoon.

Spruce Valley will pick up sandbags piled on the streets, front yards, side yards and boulevards first. Sandbags behind homes will not be picked up until the second pass.

In addition, the Fargo school system is making a list of students seeking employment to help with sandbag removal. For more information, contact the Fargo Public Schools at (701) 446-1038.

The Corps said it will be working 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the next few weeks to clean up after this spring's flood, which saw a record 40.82-foot Red River crest.

Previously, the Corps awarded a $3.26 million contract for removal of the clay levees to Davidson Ready Mix and Construction, Inc., of Newfolden, Minn., and a $1.8 million contract for removal of HESCO sand levees to Fargo's Specialized Contracting Inc.

In addition, the Corps said property owners who built private levees on their property should remove materials and place them on the public right-of-way for removal. For those who are unable to remove their own materials, volunteer assistance is available. Contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at (800) 621- 3362for more information.

During the cleanup process, there will be a number of large trucks and heavy machinery operating throughout Fargo. Residents are urged to use caution when passing these vehicles, especially when they are removing debris on narrow roads.