Flood warning in effect

SANDBAGGING takes place at Gill Family of Cos., 8807 Wollard Blvd., across from Henrietta. Among volunteers working about 11 a.m. Friday, from left, are Steve Raynes, Paige Pierson and Christie White. The bags are being filled to protect Henrietta and Hardin in the event rain and the release of dam water to the north again threatens area levees.

RICHMOND – Volunteers prepared for the worst as flooding continues to threaten the Henrietta and Hardin areas.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Crooked River in Ray County at 8:44 a.m. Tuesday. Also, the Missouri River remained at flood level.

The flood warning is from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday evening. Crooked River staged at 8.8 feet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, flood stage is 20 feet and the National Weather Service stated the river is expected to rise above flood stage to 20.6 feet by Wednesday evening before falling.

"At 20 feet, low-lying rural roads along with cropland and woodlands flood," the service stated.

Volunteers dug into an 8-foot-tall hill of sand, filling and loading bags onto pallets that in turn went onto a flatbed trailer Friday at Gill Family of Cos., 8807 Wollard Blvd., across Highway 13 from Henrietta.

For more about the sandbagging effort, read Tuesday's Richmond Daily News.

With temperatures climbing toward the 80s, the volunteers worked under a hot morning sun in anticipation of another round of weekend rain and the release of water from Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota.

“It’s precautionary,” Ray County Emergency Management Coordinator Carl Harper Jr. said. “They’re refilling the stockpile (of sandbags) that they pulled from yesterday.”

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