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FLOOD NOTEBOOK: Manvel area sandbags ... UND flood center site ... Empty fuel tanks

Manvel area sandbags Manvel, N.D., area residents who need sandbags can call Steve Schumer, chief of the Manvel Volunteer Fire Department, at (701) 740-2515. UND activates flood center Web Site UND has activated the UND Flood Center Web site to h...

Manvel area sandbags

Manvel, N.D., area residents who need sandbags can call Steve Schumer, chief of the Manvel Volunteer Fire Department, at (701) 740-2515.

UND activates flood center Web Site

UND has activated the UND Flood Center Web site to help inform the university community about flood-related information. You can find the site at www.conted.und.edu/flood/ .

There also is a link to the site on the UND Emergency Preparedness site at www.und.edu/preparedness/ .

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Empty and secure fuel storage tanks

Because water is heavier than fuel, floodwater can enter buried tanks, displacing the fuel. Farmers and rural residents who have underground fuel storage tanks should make sure their tanks are vented above the height of potential floodwater, officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The best way to prepare above-ground fuel storage tanks for a flood is to have them emptied. If that's not possible, the tanks should be secured so they cannot float away.

To help prevent spilling or leaking of fuel from an indoor tank in the event of a flood, have a bulk fuel distributor remove the fuel from the tank and plug its vent and fill pipes.

Tank owners should call (800) 422-0798 if they notice tanks are leaking.

If they have questions, tank owners may call the MPCA's offices in Detroit Lakes, Marshall, Willmar, St. Paul, Rochester, Brainerd or Duluth at (800) 657-3864.

For more information, visit www.pca.state.mn.us/hot/floods.html .

If you have an item for the 2010 Flood Notebook, submit via e-mail to gfhcity@gfherald.com with "Flood Notebook" in the subject line.

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