The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors and Reichert Bus are sponsoring buses to transport volunteers - with a goal of 300 - to help with the flood relief operation in the Moorhead/Fargo, N.D. area. The crest is anticipated Friday.
Buses will leave GLAR's Baxter office at 15344 Pearl Drive just north of Menards, at 5:30 a.m. Thursday and will return at 10 p.m. that day.
Weather conditions are anticipated to be wet and cold so participants are advised to dress accordingly. Rain gear, waterproof boots, warm clothing and a change of clothing is suggested.
Doug Campbell, broker/owner of Positive Realty in Brainerd, started the ball rolling in the effort to get volunteers to the Fargo area.
"My hope is we won't have enough buses," Campbell said of the effort to recruit volunteers to "help out our neighbors."
As the Red River rose in the background, Gloria Brown hauled a wagon load of sandbags to pile around her neighbor's home Tuesday in the hope of holding back floodwaters in Fargo. Associated Press
Red Cross will be supplying food throughout the day.
GLAR needs a head count by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Call Positive Realty at 829-1777 during business hours to sign up.
Because of limited parking, GLAR encourages volunteers to carpool to the GLAR office.
The Pillager School District also is sending 100 students and staff members on Thursday to help with the flood in Fargo.
Though on a much smaller scale than in Fargo, minor flooding remained a concern Tuesday in the Brainerd area.
The National Weather Service in Duluth issued flood warnings for the Mississippi River in Aitkin and Fort Ripley. A flood warning also had been issued for the Long Prairie River in Todd County.
The flood stage of the Mississippi River in Fort Ripley is 10 feet. At noon on Tuesday the river was at 8.9 feet and is expected to reach 11.9 feet by Sunday.
The flood stage of the Mississippi River in Aitkin is 12 feet. At noon on Tuesday the river was at 12.7 feet and is expected to reach 13.6 feet Thursday and remain at that level for several days.
The warning will remain in effect until further notice. Residents along the Mississippi River in Aitkin and Fort Ripley are advised to not travel through flooded areas, take steps to protect their property and stay away from river banks as they may become unstable.
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