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Water fills most of a field near these homes south of West Fargo on Saturday as the snowmelt continues. (Dave Wallis/The Forum)

Race against time: Flood-fighting efforts intensify as storm threatens area

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FARGO - Crews scrambled Saturday to build emergency levees while volunteers filled sandbags as a powerful storm system expected to drop 1 to 2 inches of rain on the southern Red River Valley bore down.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker was pleased with the progress on dikes so far, as trucks and loaders dashed pall-mall carrying clay to levee sites near the river and in low-lying areas.

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