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Willmar ambulances are seen in this undated file photo. The Granite Falls, Hutchinson, Raymond and Willmar ambulance services have sent personnel to Fargo to help move hospital patients and nursing home residents to safer locations. Tribune photo by Bill Zimmer

Local ambulance crews on flood standby

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WILLMAR -- The Minnesota River is rising in their own backyard, but when the call came late last week to help evacuate hospital patients in flood-beleaguered Fargo and Moorhead, the Granite Falls Ambulance didn't hesitate.

"People care about each other here," said Gene Hughes, the ambulance director. "We're glad to do our part."

Ambulance crews from across Minnesota have been deployed to the Red River valley since Thursday.

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