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Summer 2009

Fargo Flood Fighters

Residents of North Dakota, home of Bobcat Company, battled record flooding in the eastern part of the state in late March and April.

Bobcat loaders line up to deliver buckets of sand to reinforce levees in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn.

Bobcat loaders line up to deliver buckets of sand to reinforce levees in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn.

A Bobcat S330 loads a pallet of sandbags onto a Bobcat Company semi-trailer to be delivered to crews building dikes.

A Bobcat S330 loads a pallet of sandbags onto a Bobcat Company semi-trailer to be delivered to crews building dikes.

People in the Fargo (N.D.)/Moorhead (Minn.) area, worked 24 hours a day through the week of March 23 to fill more than 3.5 million sandbags and build extensive temporary levees to protect the communities in anticipation of a record flooding of the Red River. Early Saturday, March 28, the Red River hit a record stage of 40.82 feet, slowly descending since then.

In response to the flood threat in the Fargo area, more than 100 Bobcat employees worked alongside other residents, students, the National Guard, local contractors and Bobcat owner-operators who volunteered around the clock to help fill and place sandbags, build levees along the water's edges, provide meals and answer phones at the volunteer center. Bobcat's donation of more than 40 machines and volunteer operators helped accelerate National Guard efforts to efficiently fi ll a portable floodwall system, called HESCO barriers, throughout the city.

A constant stream of Bobcat loaders carry pallets of sandbags out of the Fargodome to trucks waiting outside

A constant stream of Bobcat loaders carry pallets of sandbags out of the Fargodome to trucks waiting outside.

The vertical lift path design of this Bobcat compact track loader benefi ted crews fi lling HESCO barriers to build temporary levees.

The vertical lift path design of this Bobcat compact track loader benefi ted crews fi lling HESCO barriers to build temporary levees.

A blizzard hit the Fargo area while crews  including numerous Bobcat employees  work through the night to build dikes with Bobcat loaders.

A blizzard hit the Fargo area while crews including numerous Bobcat employees work through the night to build dikes with Bobcat loaders.