Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hundreds answer call to join Manitoba flood fight

Volunteers have responded to an urgent call for help filling and stacking sandbags in communities along the Red River north of Winnipeg.

As many as 700 people registered Saturday at the South St. Andrews Fire Hall, the hub of emergency preparations in the region, on the final day of a two-day push to complete dikes and create a stockpile of sandbags.

Volunteers were being asked to call (204)-481-0739 before heading down to the fire hall. The sandbagging campaign was taking place mainly in the Red River communities of St. Andrews, West St. Paul and Selkirk.

Paul Guyder, the emergency co-ordinator for region, said once the sandbagging is finished, volunteers will focus their attention on clearing culverts to prepare for flooding.

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