Saying Goodbye to Sandbags

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Tuesday, May 29 2007 May 29, 2007 Tuesday, May 29, 2007 5:23:37 PM CDT May 29, 2007 in News

Dozens of people pitched in to help remove sandbags from areas that were in danger of getting flooded last month.

The homes of the elderly and people unable to move the bags themselves are the first to receive help.

Rocheport residents are appreciative of the help.

Sand bag removal efforts began around 8 a.m. in these low level areas near creeks and streams. Residents said they're ready to have sandbags out of their yards, and when asked if they're worried about rain or flooding in the future, they said that if they've survived the flood of '93, they're ready for anything.

Those pitching in included prisoners from the Boone County Jail.

"Well, certainly the clean up is not near as glorious as getting the bags in place when there is an impending flood and those sort of threats, but this is very bit as needed," Doug Westhoff, from the Boone County Fire Protection District, said.

But when everything is clear, a Rocheport business will benefit.

"They're probably going to use them for a barrier around the sand plant," crew leader Teresa Shaw from Boone County Public Works said.

Sandbag removal will continue through Wednesday. Floodwaters eroded parts of the Katy Trail which runs through Rocheport, but the water didn't cause severe property damage.

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