HENRIETTA – Long days of sandbagging for Hardin have extended beyond the community, Henrietta City Clerk Marjorie Long said.

She took phone calls inside Hardin City Hall while volunteers outside filled thousands of sandbags to address the threat of continued flooding. Storms and upriver water releases from reservoirs and failed levees created the ongoing threat.

“We have 5,000 bags over there for us,” Long said, “and they have 20,000 more over here. They’re being trucked over (to Henrietta) right now.”

Hardin City Clerk Patty Lam said sandbag organizers considered doing the work in Henrietta.

“We were afraid it would take too long to get it over there,” she said.

The operation moved Wednesday to Henrietta.

Communities, the Ray County Jail and the National Guard sent volunteers to Hardin. The 45 military volunteers came from Rosecrans Air Force Base at St. Joseph and Whiteman Air Force Base at Knob Noster to assist with bagging, Staff Sgt. Matt Carroll said.

“We were tasked to where they needed volunteers,” 

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