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Sny Levee Drainage District working to keep levee ready for flooding

Sandbaggers in the Sny Levee District spent another day Wednesday keeping their stock of sandbags strong.

“Every time you pull on those strings to make them good and tight it cuts your fingers right in there, and I had some over here on this hand, and I’ve been using band-aids but yesterday a man said I use duct tape, so today I put duct tape on,” said Hull resident and sandbagger Wendy McCartney.

McCartney said she’s been out sandbagging almost everyday since last Wednesday. She said volunteering is important, even if it’s taken a toll on her hands.

“We get a lot of rain up north, the levees, you know there’s no certainty about it, we’ve still got to be cautious,” said McCartney.

Sny Levee Drainage district officials said those sandbags are headed to critical points along the levee, so if the water starts to rise again they’ll be ready.

“We’ve got strategic points throughout the entire 54 miles where we have piles of sandbags just laying at the toe of the levee in accessible spots so we can get to them for use,” said Superintendent Sny Island Levee Drainage District Mike Reed.

Reed said the sandbagging they’ve been doing builds on previous work, and can be expanded on if needed.

He said his crews are taking this time to make sure the levee is ready if it has to face more high crests.

“We had a couple sink holes in the levee north of here that we’ve got under control, we were monitoring them and now we’ve got those filled in and all those stable, and we’ve got some areas where we had some pretty serious seepage erosion at the toe of some of the levees so we’re restoring the side slope, getting that slope built back up,” said Reed.

For McCartney, she just doesn’t want to see homes or farms flooded again like in 93′.

“It’s quite a devastation for the farmers especially because that’s their livelihood, I can always re-fix my house,” said McCartney.

Reed said the sandbags will stay there until they’re sure flooding is no longer a threat, that’s when they’ll be removed.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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