Chariton County Begins Sandbagging

1 decade 7 months 5 days ago Friday, May 11 2007 May 11, 2007 Friday, May 11, 2007 9:21:56 PM CDT May 11, 2007 in News

It's all about teamwork when it comes to filling the sandbags and residents of Chariton County are busy filling those bags to make sure the flood waters don't come any closer.

A typical sandbag weighs about 40 pounds and a typical resident is more then happy to help out.

"Everybody just wants to participate and help out around here. Everybody owns land around here. Everybody wants to help each other out," said Zach McCollum, volunteer.

Chariton County is just one of the many mid-Missouri areas where flooding has been a problem. Teams have been filling sandbags and nailing boards since Monday and everyone is pitching in.

"You've got a lot of farmers either farming in one or the other or even both [levee districts] that are up here and a few phone calls gets a lot of people down here," said Stacy Singleton, Levee District Director.

Flood waters are still rising and in some low spots where there's not supposed to be any water, it's 15 feet deep.

"They sandbagged the crossings Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday and didn't have to do a whole lot, then the water really started rising fast," said Singleton.

Those teams will be working for at least the next 36 hours. They said this flood has been particularly hard to judge because river crest predictions haven't been as accurate as they've been in the past.

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