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Hundreds of volunteers turn out to fill sandbags in Hastings

Jamie Schmidt, (center) Trae Schmidt (right) and Jimmy Cavegn (left) fill six sandbags in Hastings on Saturday morning.1 / 2
Long lines of volunteers pass sandbags down to a home on East Second Street in Hastings on Saturday.2 / 2

Hundreds of volunteers turned out in Hastings on Saturday morning to fill sandbags, which will be used to protect homes in east Hastings from rising floodwaters.

In all, more than 20,000 sandbags were filled by volunteers. Some of the sandbags were put to use immediately at two homes in east Hastings. Long lines of volunteers passed the sandbags from the street to the homes.

The effort was coordinated by Bless Hastings and the City of Hastings.

The sandbagging took place in the parking lot of Christ Family Church.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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