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Duininck Bros. joins effort to minimize Red River flooding; 14 trucks sent

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PRINSBURG -- Duininck Bros. Inc. of Prinsburg has sent a fleet of trucks and drivers to aid the flood-fighting efforts in Fargo, N.D.

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A fleet of 14 to 15 trucks and drivers departed Monday morning, and were expected to be pressed immediately into action, according to Lee Duininck of Duininck Bros.

The company is hoping to send enough drivers to Fargo to conduct around-the-clock operations.

The company received a call for help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers around 7 p.m. Sunday. Duinincks immediately began efforts to contact drivers and make arrangements to send them and the trucks on their way. By 11:30 p.m. the first crew was lined up to make the trip.

The company has sent material handling trucks to assist with building emergency levees in Fargo. The trucks will be needed through at least Wednesday, depending on conditions there, Duininck said.

Many of the company's drivers are experienced at building flood levees under emergency conditions. During the 1997 Minnesota River flood, Duininck Bros. crews were credited with saving hundreds of homes in Granite Falls and preventing a catastrophe. Duininck crews used an around-the-clock operation to build up the main levee in a race with the fast-rising river.

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