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More than 1,000 volunteers rushed to fill sandbags early Wednesday as many in North Dakota tried to protect themselves from a historic floods that are expected to swamp the area.

Even at 3:30 a.m., hundreds of volunteers packed into individual sandbagging centers, an organizer said.

"There have been so many volunteers that we had to turn people away," said Ryan McEwan, a supervisor at one volunteer coordinating center. "It is very busy. They are filling sandbags as fast as they can." Read full article »

CNN's Robyn Sidersky contributed to this story.

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