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Hundreds of volunteers fill sandbags in Stillwater

March 21, 2019 07:28 PM

Flood preparations are underway in Washington County. On Tuesday, Stillwater asked for volunteers to help fill sandbags, and the demand was filled within hours. The first shifts started on Thursday.

The Stillwater Lions Club was there and donated food to the sandbaggers.

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“I have lived in the valley for years and the mess that it creates and the hardship on the businesses and people who live in the community, it requires a community effort just to keep it under control or it would be a lot worse,” said Jim Dahl, President of the Stillwater Lions Club.

“In a small community like this, to come together when they know they are going to have issues this spring and this year could be pretty bad, so it's good to see people join together and help out,” said volunteer Dan Lemmer.


Related: St. Paul bracing for Mississippi River flooding, volunteers mobilize in Stillwater

Related: Stillwater sandbagging efforts to get underway Thursday


Stillwater officials say they are also planning to build a 15-foot tall temporary levee to help hold off floodwaters from the St. Croix River.

Washington County Emergency Management Director Doug Berglund says his agency supports each community and their flood plans.

“We have about 12 communities between the Mississippi and St. Croix, here in Washington County, that are at risk. As emergency management, we go to those communities face-to-face and meet with them, take a look at their plans, review maps and understand what protective measures they are going to have to put into place,” said Berglund.

Community Thread organized all of the volunteer efforts for sandbagging. The organization says they have enough volunteers to sandbag for now, but that could change in the coming weeks.

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