Sandbags available for coming spring melt [UPDATED]Published 11:21am Friday, April 5, 2013 Updated 11:27am Friday, April 5, 2013
As spring starts the snowmelt this week, the Otter Tail County Emergency Operations Team announced several locations for residents to pick up sandbags to protect against flooding in the region. Three towns — Pelican Rapids, New York Mills and Battle Lake — will have distribution sites to hand out sandbags. Fergus Falls, however, will not.
• Pelican Rapids: OTC garage at 208 NE 5th Ave.
• New York Mills: OTC highway garage at 36889 560th Ave.
• Battle Lake: OTC highway garage at 601 W. Holdt Street
Empty sandbags will also be available at the Otter Tail County Recycling Center in Fergus Falls.
These locations open today and will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An appointment is needed to receive bags. Residents should call 218-998-8470 before they head to distribution sites. Anyone using the sites must show identification and provide an address where the bags will be used.
The locations will be open Monday through Friday until further notice.
Sandbags will be free of charge and extra empty bags can be purchased for 20 cents apiece.
Residents must fill and transport their own bags.
Overland flooding is a possibility in the area and residents are encouraged to take all precautions necessary to protect their property, homes and personal safety. Tips on constructing dikes and more flooding information can be found at the county website www.co.ottertail.mn.us/emergency.