Waseca County offering free sandbags for flood preparations

March 14, 2019 05:12 PM

In parts of Minnesota, preparations for flooding are already well underway.

On Thursday, a steady stream of people lined up at the Waseca County Fairgrounds to fill sandbags the county is providing for free.


The county brought in two truckloads of sand Thursday, and by midday, half of the pile was already gone.

Monday through Saturday, people who live in Waseca County can go to the fairgrounds to fill their own sandbags and bring the bags to their homes and businesses to help fend off floodwater.

Mike Muntean kept his two sons home from school to help him place sandbags around their Waseca home, Thursday morning.  

“There’s a lot of snow and no place to put it," said Muntean. "There’s just no place to put it anymore.”

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Colton and Gabe helped their dad fill dozens of sandbags at the fairgrounds.

“If the sandbags are laid properly, they’re very effective," said Emergency Management Director Denise Wright. "We do provide information to everyone on how to properly put them down.”

Wright says the melting snow and rain is already resulting in some basements around the county taking on water.

Wright is hopeful the situation in Waseca County doesn’t get any worse.

"I think the worst-case scenario is if we get a heavy rain along with the snow and the melt and high temperatures," said Wright. "I think that could produce some problems for us.”

If those problems come to fruition, Muntean and his family want to be ready.

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They’ve seen flooding before and worry it could soon be making a return appearance.

“I feel like the town’s on the verge of what we had a couple of years ago," said Muntean. "This could be bad.”

The sandbags are only available for people who live in Waseca County, which includes the cities of Janesville, New Richland, Waldorf, and Waseca.

The bags and sand are available at the temporary Waseca County Solid Waste and Recycling site located at the Waseca County Fairgrounds, which can be accessed by using the 3rd Street NE entrance.

People are required to bring their own shovels and transportation for the sandbags.

The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon.

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