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Concordia students Amy Luther, from left, Amy Freeman, Kelly Kalvoda and Andrea Rognlien fill sandbags Monday inside the Fargodome. The Red River is expected to crest at a record level at the end of this week, threatening hundreds of homes in low-lying areas of Fargo and its outskirts. Michael Vosberg/The Forum

Fargo looking to system used in war zones to keep back Red River

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FARGO, N.D. -- A portable wall system that shielded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from bullets is being used to hold back floodwaters from the Red River. At least one city official believes the results will be the same.

"I think it's going to be a lifesaver," Al Weigel, Fargo's director of operations, said Monday as volunteers worked to help protect the city from what's predicted to be record flooding.

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