Sandbaggers offered T-shirts

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group from Bismarck and Mandan is offering T-shirts to people who volunteer for an all-night sandbagging effort.

Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce president Kelvin Hullet told The Bismarck Tribune Wednesday that about 240 volunteers are needed to work overnight shifts at two separate sandbag-filling sites. The shifts run from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 7 a.m.

Hullet says the goal is to make 250,000 sandbags. The first 50 people at each location for each shift will receive a "Race to Sunrise" T-shirt.

North Dakota's Garrison Dam opened its emergency spillway gates for the first time Wednesday, and the Missouri River is expected to rise for the next several days.

Bismarck-Mandan officials hope to complete more than 10 miles of dikes by the weekend.