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Four people in winter coats and hats work to fill white bags with sand and stack them into a dike. in front of a red house and a tan house.

A sandbag dike must be built properly to prevent or reduce flood damage. Since a dike will fail if not built correctly, training people on proper procedures for placing sandbags is very important. Rushing to do something without following proper procedures frequently results in a dike that performs poorly or fails. Put a high priority on planning and organization. Identifying a supervisor for the project is recommended.