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Local Red Cross volunteers provide flood help for Fargo


WATERLOO (KWWL) The Red River is rising along Fargo, North Dakota. Sandbags are already stacked along the 90-mile long stretch to the Canadian border.

Weather experts say this flood could be one of the worst the area has seen. Several volunteers from eastern Iowa are headed to Fargo to help.

Last year Rod Hamer of Cedar Falls spent about three months responding to disasters... from the Parkersburg tornado to eastern Iowa flooding to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Now, he and Lloyd Bradley of Greene are going to Fargo, North Dakota with an emergency response vehicle or ERV.

"Not for sure what we'll be doing, but the ERV primarily delivers food, water or supplies," said Rod Hamer.

"Whenever there's a large disaster like this where people need to deploy then they radiate out from the state that has the disaster their state deploys first and then those surrounding," said Lori Glover, Director of Emergency Response with the Hawkeye Chapter of the Red Cross.

Glover said the ERV will serve as a fixed and mobile feeding station for sandbaggers.

"They came and helped us when we needed help so they're just returning the favor," said Glover.

"It's really a great opportunity to give something back to people in need. It's such a heartwarming activity to give people water when they're thirsty or some hot food when they're hungry and tired. I enjoy being out on the ERV," said Hamer.

Hamer's assignment in Fargo is for three weeks, but that could change depending on what develops.

As he hits the road for an eight hour drive, he's prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best for people in North Dakota.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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