Volunteers needed for sandbag removal

July 20, 2008 at 2:03 AM
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JEFFERSON, D.C., July 20 (UPI) -- About 100 volunteers showed up Saturday to remove some of the thousands of sandbags used to keep a Wisconsin city above floodwater.

About 250,000 sand bags were stacked in Jefferson, on the Rock and Crawfish rivers, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. About 100 volunteers turned out Saturday.

"I have a feeling some of the volunteers today are going to be too pooped out and worn out to work tomorrow," said Alderman Bill Braudel.

During the flooding in the Midwest, thousands of volunteers turned out to stack sandbags in temporary floodwalls, move library books to safe locations and help in shelters.

City officials say they hope to get most of the bags out of residential areas this weekend. They say others stacked around places like the sewage treatment plant can wait for a while.

The rivers were still above flood stage Saturday, but it was by inches, not feet.

Another problem is what to do with all that sand -- something city, county and state agencies are still debating. Braudel said that since it has been in contaminated water it can't just be dumped in sand pits and sand boxes.

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