No Need for 6,000 Sandbags
Last week hundreds of volunteers filled sandbags in preparation of flooding along the missouri river. Now that the river is falling, Hartsburg is dealing with 6,000 unused sand bags. The town of Hartsburg lies right next to the missouri river in the middle of a flood plain. In the flood of '93, water from the river reached the tops of basketball hoops in the town in just a matter of hours. So, during the flood of '07, the town took no chances. It launched a massive sandbagging effort with hundreds of volunteers.
"Since we are a town of 108 people we do need help from communities outside of hartsburg," Hartsburg mayor Nancy Grant said.
Volunteers filled 6,000 sandbags, But during the flood, the town only used 30 sandbags to plug holes in the levees caused by past floods. Now the town has thousands of sandbags but no rising water.
"The overwhelming majority of the sandbags are stretched in two piles here in town," Grant said. "We'll get rid of it, there's no problem there."
Hartsburg officials say if it rains, the sandbags will turn to concrete. If they're left in the sun, the bags will deteriorate. For now, they're covered with plastic to protect them from the rain. Hartsburg wants to store the sand bags just in case they need them later in the summer.
If in August the sandbags have not been used, the town will plug remaining holes in the levees. So for now the sandbags will wait for another rainy day.