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Sandbagging begins on South Front Street in Hudson

Bill Bauman, left, and volunteers build a sandbag dike Thursday afternoon in front of Bauman's house on South Front Street. The volunteer crew included Pat Kelly, right, of Stillwater, Minn., Karen Keeney of Roseville, Minn., and Suzy Groves of Hudson, second from left.

Volunteers on Thursday afternoon began building sandbag dikes to protect three houses on South Front Street from the rising waters of the St. Croix River.

Additional volunteers are needed for a Friday afternoon shift. People 18 and older who are willing to help and able to lift 35- to 40-pound sandbags should meet in the River City Center parking lot at the corner of Second and Buckeye streets at 1 p.m. today (Friday).

Volunteers will be chauffeured to the work site, and shouldn't try to drive there. The narrow South Front Street doesn't have a turn-around or places to park.