What to do with 5 million sandbags?

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 4, 2011 - 6:22 AM

The ubiquitous bags are essential in fighting floods, but they're not easy to dispose of once the water recedes.

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nokomisgirlApr. 3, 1110:48 PM

Man..that answers a huge question that's been baffling my wife and I for years. We always say to each other, "why can't they just bring out all the sandbags they used the year before? Why keep making them over and over, year after year?" Very interesting.

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CATWOMAN65Apr. 4, 11 3:15 AM

Its interesting that the ones saved out doors and wrapped in heavy black plastic survived better then the ones inside a building. This should let other towns see that non contaminated bags should be saved and can be by wrapping and saving on pallets out doors. I hope more do this.

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jeebers76Apr. 4, 11 5:34 AM

Okay, first, why the heck would they build in a flood prone area? FARGO FLOODS EVERY DAMN YEAR! Why not ban new construction in the flood zone, and every time a house is trashed, ban rebuilding. When the land is finally cleared, turn it into a park or something with lots of vegetation (trees and such) to help hold the floodwaters back? Second, keep the 5 million sandbags and save them for next year. That way you won't have to keep filling the damn things! "Contaminated" or not, they aren't going to harm anyone or anything anytime soon. Third, why not build more permanent walls to keep the floods out? ANY of these options would help!

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ammunraApr. 4, 11 6:07 AM

Improve the quality of the bag you put the sand in and you can just save them for (forgive me) a rainy day.

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jablumpkinApr. 4, 11 7:56 AM

They should store them on the lots od all the residents that requested them this year. Just drop the pallets off in their front yards!

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Nordbird63Apr. 4, 11 8:09 AM

Cover them with topsoil and start building a permanent berm.

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Brycer06Apr. 4, 11 8:16 AM

Pour them out on some state beaches, where needed?

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almontcoApr. 4, 11 8:35 AM

Isn't there a better option than a small sandbag year after year? Is this really the best option available?

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drdingbatApr. 4, 11 8:39 AM

@ jeebers76, Fargo doesn’t flood every year but has flood frequently in the last 15 years or so due to climatic conditions and ag drainage which rushes the water to the rivers much faster than holding it on the land. The RRV has flood plains determined by FEMA and no one has built in them for more than 40 years but if a city is more than 40 years old, you will find homes in the flood plain. These have largely been bought out or destroyed by earlier floods. Sand bags, if made of burlap, rot. Sandbags if made of plastic deteriorate. They can be placed when frozen and guess what, it floods in the spring when the bags are still frozen unless kept heated. They are building flood walls, miles of them. Apparently you didn’t read the story. The solution, keep the water on the fields where it was depostited by mother nature and the problem is solved. But, the farmers need to drain the land rapidly so they can get their fields planted so they can get their subsidy checks so they can go into Fargo to buy new pickups.

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mikejohnson4Apr. 4, 11 8:48 AM

They should donate them to charity.

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