VALLEY CITY AND FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Officials in Valley City once again have increased the number of sandbags they hope to stockpile to prepare for possible Sheyenne River flooding.
The Times-Record reported that the goal that rose from 50,000 sandbags early in the week to 75,000 on Wednesday has now been increased to 150,000.
The city is likely to keep its sandbag-filling operation running through Saturday and again on Monday.
Officials in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., say they are waiting for warmer weather to begin sandbag deployment.
The two cities had planned to deliver sandbags to neighborhoods through the weekend to help residents defend against expected major Red River flooding. That has been postponed until at least the end of next week.
Officials say they don't want the sandbags to freeze before they are placed on the ground. The two cities plan to deliver about 3 million sandbags to start the flood fight.
Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland said the city is in a "watch and wait" mode, especially with the forecast of a weekend storm. But he says the city has done everything it can to prepare for flooding.