It's time for a major push to stockpile sandbags. The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber, in cooperation with the City of Bismarck, is asking for 1,000 volunteers to turn out on Sunday afternoon for the "Sunday Sandbag Throw Down" at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre in Bismarck.
"The support in the community for those impacted by the flooding is tremendous," said Kelvin Hullet, president of the Chamber. "We need one big push on sandbags to ensure the reserve stockpile is in place for emergencies."
The "Sunday Sandbag Throw Down" starts at noon on Sunday and will run to 6:00 that night. The goal is to produce 500,000 sandbags over the course of six hours. The Commerce Centre location has two spider machines for sandbagging and giant piles of sand will be available for those willing to shovel.
To accommodate the "Sunday Sandbag Throw Down" and the volume of volunteers, the City is asking residents who need sandbags to pick them up from the Fairground or Bobcat locations. The Commerce Centre will be a production area only on Sunday afternoon to fill as many bags as possible.
"We will again have music, food, sweat and soreness, for a good cause," said Hullet. "Cloverdale is making sure we have hot dogs and brats and Dan's is providing the buns."
The production of sandbags will be focused at the Commerce Centre only as Mandan has met their quota. Residents are asked to bring shovels, gloves and sunscreen. Bussing from Kirkwood Mall to the Commerce Centre will be available.
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