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City of Fargo worker Jim Zavoral loads pallets of sandbags onto a truck. The bags will later be hauled to a heated storage unit in Fargo. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Flood fight picks up as Red River rises

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A sense of urgency seemed to be setting in for Fargo-Moorhead flood fighters Saturday as the Red River reached flood stage 36 hours sooner than the National Weather Service had predicted on Friday.

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"People are starting to take note," Bruce Grubb, Fargo's enterprise director, said Saturday night at the city's garbage utility building, currently dubbed Sandbag Central.

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