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The Department of Public Works says they've already run through at least five dump trucks of sand.
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The Department of Public Works says they've already run through at least five dump trucks of sand.

In a parking lot outside RFK Stadium, there are dozens of city workers standing around a big pile of sand. They're dumping the sand in bags and tying them off as fast as they can, but it's just not fast enough.

A line of cars three-lanes wide stretches back as far as the eye can see, all the way up the Capital Street Bridge and beyond.

Each household is entitled to five sandbags a piece.

Tony Duckett, an official for the Department of Public Works, says they've already run through at least five dump trucks of sand. He says they’ll keep on going until the weather gets bad, or until they run out of sand entirely, whichever comes first.

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