Fargo, N.D. According to a report from Captain Adam Moore, The Salvation Army of Fargo is responding to a rapidly deteriorating and unstable situation by providing meals, snacks, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to those who are being affected by and fighting against the rising water levels of the rivers and streams in the Red River Valley. More than 30 clay levies and hundreds of sandbag dikes are being built. The potential for wide-spread damage is great if the levies and dikes are not erected in time or one of them fails between the crest and recession of the river.
Six Canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) and three emergency response trailers are on site in Fargo. Five Canteen Teams are providing mobile feeding and hydration throughout the community with one fixed site at “Sandbag Central”. The Salvation Army and American Red Cross are working in collaboration to meet the needs of the community.
Over the past few days, 17 officers and employees, along with hundreds of volunteers have filled sandbags, offered meals and hydration, and have been a comforting presence as the community has come together to work to prevent massive flooding.
By Tuesday evening, March 24th, more than 500,000 sand bags were filled and 95 percent of the levies and dikes were thought to be completed. The Salvation Army had spent more than 2,000 hours serving more than 28,000 prepared meals, 94,000 drinks and 103,000 snacks to workers and volunteers at the flood prevention sites. Overall, more than 110,000 people were helped in the early stages of this operation.
Wednesday’s plan was to complete the remaining 5 percent of the levies and dike and move into a maintenance phase. By Wednesday evening (March 25th), it had become apparent that the waters would continue to rise. Sandbagging operations, thought to be mostly complete, were extended again to 24 hours a day and The Salvation Army was opening a shelter in Moorhead, Minn., as up to 30 homes in Fargo appeared to be in jeopardy of being lost to the rising floodwaters.
Please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or go to www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate or get the latest relief updates. All donations for this relief effort should be designated to “The Salvation Army Minnesota/North Dakota Disaster Relief.”