Cooper County prepares for weather by stockpiling sandbags

4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago Friday, March 29 2019 Mar 29, 2019 Friday, March 29, 2019 6:44:00 PM CDT March 29, 2019 in News
By: Melody Cox, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COOPER COUNTY - The Cooper County Emergency Management Agency is preparing for any possible flooding in the future by stockpiling sandbags.

Crews went to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Glasgow Friday to pick up 12,500 sandbags. 

Agency Director Larry Oerly said this is just a precaution. 

"We will at least have the equipment and the bags available to the community if they need it," he said. 

Boone County Emergency Management Deputy Director Tom Hurley told KOMU 8 News he's not worried about any new areas flooding. Officials are monitoring the areas currently flooded. Hurley said he doesn't think the current rain would threaten any structures, buildings or homes in Boone County. 

Both county emergency officials said to avoid driving through areas with standing water. 

"If you come to a road that's got water over it, turn around, don't drown," Oerly said. "It's a standardized statement all around. Don't drive through flooded water." 

KOMU 8 News reached out to Saline and Cole County Emergency Management for their preparations, but have not heard back. 

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