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COPY-Volunteers come from across the country to help sandbag

There are well over 100 trucks running dirt to the Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. They're trying to build up levees there before waters rise. Officials estimate in the daylight a truck dumps dirt in the Dunes once every 45-seconds.

As a quick thanks, Monday, some Dunes residents have placed signs along Dakota Dunes Blvd. One says "We appreciate you!" and another says "Keep up the good work!".

To beat back flood waters, help is coming from everywhere and it's going to almost everyone. Whether they're in South Sioux City, Nebraska, Sioux City or South Dakota. Volunteers have come from across the country to help keep water in its place.

"I've never seen it like this, I've lived here all my life and it's amazing to see the people that are coming out, I mean everybody," said volunteer Steve Crary.

At the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, officials said they're seeing several hundred volunteers each day who are producing about 3-thousand bags an hour.

"You have had a great turn out here in Sioux City. You have all ages and all different groups and it's been real exciting and we are so glad to be here to help," said Linda King with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, AmeriCorps Volunteers.

It's hard work, bagging in temps above 90 degrees. But for Jack Leitner it's a vacation. Covered in sunscreen and working with his handball gloves, he came all the way from Massachusetts.

"I decided to come out doors, meet some nice people, do some physical labor, and see a part of the country I had never... it was a whole combination of things," he said with a smile.

At the Wynstone area near McCook Lake in South Dakota, flood waters were getting schooled by about sixty high students from Allen, Nebraska.

"We just thought we'd go where it was going to be the worst first, so we picked Wynstone," said Dave Uldrich, Allen coach.

Nobody says it's easy. "We're just filling sandbags and tossing them," said Allen student Derek Torres.

But everyone agrees it's important.

"Everyone is effected by a flood, you either know someone, you are, or you work with some one who is," said King.

"I think it's just a very good thing, you look around at all the different diversity... Sioux City is just an amazing place," said Crary.

In what officials are calling the Southeast part of South Dakota an area including the Dunes. They said over 4.3 million sandbags have been placed. That's more than 500-thousand a day.

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